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nurture

[nur-cher] /ˈnɜr tʃər/
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
1300-1350
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
Related forms
nurturable, adjective
nurtureless, adjective
nurturer, noun
unnurtured, adjective
well-nurtured, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. See nurse.
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  • The new bladder is nurtured in an incubator that mimics body conditions, allowing the cells to grow and knit together.
  • The rams of the flock were well nurtured and thick of fleece, great and goodly, with wool dark as the violet.
  • Most stratospheric ozone originates in the tropics, nurtured by the intense solar radiation there.
  • These policies had nurtured the insurgency, which was becoming uglier by the day.
  • The new, more humid subtropical conditions nurtured abundant palms and guavas.
  • By nurturing the environments that nurtured them, they forged a profound interdependence with the natural world.
  • The lush gardens are made and nurtured by humans, providing much needed shade to guests and what seems to be thousands of birds.
  • All democracies have to be forever nurtured further and further.
  • True wild rice, for the past twenty years nearly impossible to find, is slowly being nurtured back to market.
  • But this pastoral, timeless landscape that nurtured them seemed outside of history.
British Dictionary definitions for nurtured

nurture

/ˈnɜːtʃə/
noun
1.
the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
2.
something that nourishes
3.
(biology) the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organism See also nature (sense 12)
verb (transitive)
4.
to feed or support
5.
to educate or train
Derived Forms
nurturable, adjective
nurturer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nurtured

nurture

n.

c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).

v.

"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.

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