Definitions for: Nurture


[n] raising someone to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
[n] the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
[v] help develop, help grow
[v] provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
[v] bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"



Webster (1913) Definition: Nur"ture, n. [OE. norture, noriture, OF. norriture,
norreture, F. nourriture, fr. L. nutritura a nursing,
suckling. See Nourish.]
1. The act of nourishing or nursing; thender care; education;
training.

A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.
--Milton.

2. That which nourishes; food; diet. --Spenser.


Nur"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nurtured; p. pr. & vb.
n. Nurturing.]
1. To feed; to nourish.

2. To educate; to bring or train up.

He was nurtured where he had been born. --Sir H.
Wotton.

Syn: To nourish; nurse; cherish; bring up; educate; tend.

Usage: To Nurture, Nourish, Cherish. Nourish denotes to
supply with food, or cause to grow; as, to nourish a
plant, to nourish rebellion. To nurture is to train up
with a fostering care, like that of a mother; as, to
nurture into strength; to nurture in sound principles.
To cherish is to hold and treat as dear; as, to
cherish hopes or affections.

Synonyms: breeding, bring up, bringing up, foster, fosterage, fostering, nourish, parent, raise, raising, raising, rear, rearing, rearing, sustain, upbringing

See Also: acculturation, carry, cater, cradle, encourage, enculturation, fledge, foster, grow up, keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize, ply, provide, serve, serve well, socialisation, socialization, supply, support, upbringing

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