nurture

[nur-cher]
verb (used with object), nurtured, nurturing.
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 promising musicians.
3.
to bring up; train; educate.
noun
4.
rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
5.
development: the nurture of young artists.
6.
something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

Origin:
1300–50; (noun) Middle English norture < Middle French, variant of nourriture < Late Latin nūtrītūra a nourishing, equivalent to Latin nūtrīt(us) (past participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish) + -ūra -ure; (v.) derivative of the noun

nurturable, adjective
nurtureless, adjective
nurturer, noun
unnurtured, adjective
well-nurtured, adjective


1, 3. See nurse.
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nurture (ˈnɜːtʃə)
 
n
1.  the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
2.  something that nourishes
3.  biology See also nature the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organism
 
vb
4.  to feed or support
5.  to educate or train
 
[C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish]
 
'nurturable
 
adj
 
'nurturer
 
n

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nurture
early 14c. (n.), "breeding, upbringing," from O.Fr. nourriture "nourishment," from L.L. nutritia (see nursery). The verb meaning "to feed or nourish" is attested from earlly 15c.
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Example sentences
If all goes well, the old arguments about the role of nature and nurture in
  human development may soon be seen in a new light.
We're offering new fiction and trying to nurture new writers.
Uranus does not nurture as the Moon should, it disrupts.
Every other sport understands you have to nurture your audience.
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