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Meaning of NURTURE

Pronunciation:  'nurchur

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

NURTURE is a 7 letter word that starts with N.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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;
             A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.
    2. That which nourishes; food; diet. --Spenser.
  2. \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.
    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.
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