Definition of Nurture

1. Noun. The properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child.

Exact synonyms: Raising, Rearing
Generic synonyms: Upbringing
Derivative terms: Raise, Rear

2. Verb. Help develop, help grow. "Nurture his talents"
Exact synonyms: Foster
Specialized synonyms: Keep Going, Patronage, Patronise, Patronize, Support, Serve, Serve Well
Generic synonyms: Encourage
Derivative terms: Fosterage, Fostering, Fostering

3. Noun. Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community. "They debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

4. Verb. Bring up. "Bring up children"
Exact synonyms: Bring Up, Parent, Raise, Rear
Specialized synonyms: Fledge, Cradle, Foster
Causes: Grow Up
Derivative terms: Parent, Parentage, Parentage, Parentage, Raising, Rearing, Rearing

5. Verb. Provide with nourishment. "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
Exact synonyms: Nourish, Sustain
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply
Specialized synonyms: Carry
Derivative terms: Nourishment, Nutrient, Nurturance, Sustainable, Sustainment, Sustenance

Definition of Nurture

1. n. The act of nourishing or nursing; thender care; education; training.

2. v. t. To feed; to nourish.

Definition of Nurture

1. Noun. The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training. ¹

2. Noun. That which nourishes; food; diet. ¹

3. Noun. The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature. ¹

4. Verb. to nourish or nurse ¹

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Definition of Nurture

1. to nourish [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES] - See also: nourish

Medical Definition of Nurture

1. 1. To feed; to nourish. 2. To educate; to bring or train up. "He was nurtured where he had been born." (Sir H. Wotton) Synonym: To nourish, nurse, cherish, bring up, educate, tend. 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. Origin: Nurtured; Nurturing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nurture

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Literary usage of Nurture

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1. A Treatise on the Law of the Domestic Relations: Embracing Husband and Wife by James Schouler (1895)
"Classification of Guardians of Minors in the United States ; Nature and nurture, Socage, and Testamentary. — Guardianship in the United States differs ..."

2. A Law Dictionary: Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States by John Bouvier (1856)
"nurture. The act of taking care of children and educating them : the right to the nurture of children generally belongs to the father till ..."

3. Institutes of Common and Statute Law by John Barbee Minor (1876)
"Guardians for nurture. This guardianship is also of common law origin. It occurs only where the infant is without any other guardian, applies to those ..."

4. The Christian Examiner (1847)
"Vm.—BUSHNELL ON CHRISTIAN nurture.* DR. BUSHNELL'S work which furnishes the topic ... An Argument for " Discourses on Christian nurture," addressed to the ..."

5. Essays and Reviews: Selected from the Princeton Review by Charles Hodge (1857)
"Discourses on Christian nurture. By HORACE BUSHNELL, Pastor of the North ... An argument for "Discourses on Christian nurture," addressed to the Publishing ..."

6. Minutes of the ... Annual Meeting by Meeting (1903)
"Since the moment when Jesus placed a little child in the midst and said, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven," there has been a question of Christian nurture. ..."

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