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[nur-cher] /ˈnɜr tʃər/
verb (used with object), nurtured, nurturing.
to feed and protect:
to nurture one's offspring.
to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster:
to nurture promising musicians.
to bring up; train; educate.
rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
the nurture of young artists.
something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Origin of nurture
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
1, 3. See nurse. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-nurtured
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  • She started me poor and in rags: I was above repining, and called myself rich and well-nurtured.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Thus far his life had been precisely like that of any other well-nurtured lad of twenty-two.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • He embodied a sound, well-nurtured type and brought to it hardly an individual variation.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The well-nurtured gentleman, even in that case, will only look unhappy and say not a word.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • No sound civilization is possible except in a community which in the mass is not only well-nurtured but well-bred.

  • Every well-nurtured child will come to school already in possession of many of them.

    Literature in the Elementary School Porter Lander MacClintock
  • He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man.

  • Moussorgsky was like other well-nurtured youths who went to Siberia for a mere gesture of dissent.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • A well-nurtured lady, the wife of a parish rector in the county Cork, showed me her larder one day about that time.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for well-nurtured


the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
something that nourishes
(biology) the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organism See also nature (sense 12)
verb (transitive)
to feed or support
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 well-nurtured



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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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