I. noun Etymology: Middle English norture, nurture, from Anglo-French nureture, from Late Latin nutritura act of nursing, from Latin nutritus, past participle of nutrire to suckle, nourish — more at nourish Date: 14th century 1. training, upbringing 2. something that nourishes ; food 3. the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism II. transitive verb (nurtured; nurturing) Date: 15th century 1. to supply with nourishment 2. educate 3. to further the development of ; fosternurturer noun

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  • Nurture — Nur ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nurtured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nurturing}.] 1. To feed; to nourish. [1913 Webster] 2. To educate; to bring or train up. [1913 Webster] He was nurtured where he had been born. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nurture — 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; tender care; education; training. [1913 Webster] A man neither by nature nor… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nurture — I verb advance, aid, assist, back, bolster, bring to maturity, bring up, care for, cherish, coach, cultivate, develop, direct, educate, encourage, enrich, feed, fortify, forward, foster, further, give aid, harbor, help, improve, instruct,… …   Law dictionary

  • nurture — [n] development, nourishment breeding, care, diet, discipline, edibles, education, feed, food, instruction, nutriment, provender, provisions, rearing, subsistence, sustenance, training, upbringing, viands, victuals; concepts 457,712 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • nurture — vb foster, *nurse, cherish, cultivate Analogous words: raise, rear (see LIFT): train, educate, school, discipline (see TEACH): *support, uphold, back Contrasted words: *neglect, overlook, disregard, ignore …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nurture — ► VERB 1) rear and encourage the development of (a child). 2) cherish (a hope, belief, or ambition). ► NOUN 1) the action or process of nurturing. 2) upbringing, education, and environment as a factor determining personality. Often contrasted… …   English terms dictionary

  • nurture — [nʉr′chər] n. [ME < OFr norreture < LL nutritura, pp. of L nutrire, to nourish: see NURSE] 1. anything that nourishes; food; nutriment 2. the act or process of raising or promoting the development of; training, educating, fostering, etc.:… …   English World dictionary

  • nurture — {<charset c=U><HR> } 01. A study done by British researchers in 1995 determined that a sense of humor was dependant upon [nurture], not nature. 02. You should [nurture] those qualities of your character which are most likely to help… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • nurture — [[t]nɜ͟ː(r)tʃə(r)[/t]] nurtures, nurturing, nurtured 1) VERB If you nurture something such as a young child or a young plant, you care for it while it is growing and developing. [FORMAL] [V n] Parents want to know the best way to nurture and… …   English dictionary

  • nurture — {{11}}nurture (n.) c.1300, breeding, upbringing, from O.Fr. norture, nourreture food, nourishment; education, training, from L.L. nutritia (see NURSERY (Cf. nursery)). {{12}}nurture (v.) to feed or nourish, early 15c., from NURTURE (Cf. nurture)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • nurture — nurturable, adj. nurtureless, adj. nurturer, n. /nerr cheuhr/, v., nurtured, nurturing, n. v.t. 1. to feed and protect: to nurture one s offspring. 2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture… …   Universalium

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