- 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
- 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.
- 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.
NAmE//ˈnərtʃər//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nurture
he / she / it nurtures
past simple nurtured
-ing form nurturing