Definition of nurture verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nurture

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nurture
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃər//
     
    he / she / it nurtures
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃərz//
     
    past simple nurtured
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃərd//
     
    past participle nurtured
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃərd//
     
    -ing form nurturing
    BrE BrE//ˈnɜːtʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrtʃərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1nurture somebody/something to care for and protect somebody/something while they are growing and developing These delicate plants need careful nurturing. children nurtured by loving parents
  2. 2nurture something to help somebody/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.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French noureture ‘nourishment’, based on Latin nutrire ‘feed, cherish’.
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