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
Developing and nurturing a network is helpful in every aspect of your work.
Glia are nervous system caretakers whose nurturing can go too far.
Many of them expect you to be their nurturing mommy and cater to their every
  whim.
To me, that seems more important than any nurturing effect grannies may have.
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