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Definition of nurture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nurture
    he / she / it nurtures
    past simple nurtured
    -ing form nurturing
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  1. 1nurture somebody/something to care for and protect someone or something while they are growing and developing These delicate plants need careful nurturing. children nurtured by loving parents
  2. 2nurture something to help someone or something to develop and be successful synonym foster It's important to nurture a good working relationship. My father nurtured a love of art in me. Her teacher recognized and nurtured her musical talent from an early age.
  3. 3nurture something to have a feeling, an idea, a plan, etc. for a long time and encourage it to develop She secretly nurtured a hope of becoming famous. He had long nurtured a deep hatred of his brother.
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