Definitions for Nursenɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nursenɜrs(n.; v.)nursed, nurs•ing.

  1. (n.)a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm, esp. a registered nurse.

    Category: Medicine

  2. a woman who has the general care of a child or children.

  3. Ref: wet nurse . 1

  4. a worker that attends the young in a colony of social insects.

    Category: Entomology

  5. (v.t.)to tend in sickness, infirmity, etc.

  6. to try to cure (an ailment) by taking care of oneself:

    to nurse a cold.

  7. to suckle (an infant).

  8. to handle carefully or fondly.

  9. to use, consume, or dispense slowly or carefully:

    to nurse a cup of tea.

  10. to keep steadily in mind:

    He nursed a grudge.

  11. to feed and tend in infancy.

  12. to bring up, train, or nurture.

  13. (v.i.)to suckle a child, esp. one's own.

  14. (of a child) to suckle.

  15. to act as nurse; tend the sick or infirm.

Origin of nurse:

1350–1400; ME, var. of n(o)urice, norice < OF < LL nūtrīcia, n. use of fem. of L nūtrīciusnutritious


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nurse(noun)

    one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)

  2. nanny, nursemaid, nurse(verb)

    a woman who is the custodian of children

  3. nurse(verb)

    try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury

    "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"

  4. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

  5. nurse(verb)

    serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people

  6. nurse(verb)

    treat carefully

    "He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"

  7. breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck(verb)

    give suck to

    "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nurse(noun)ɜrs

    sb who is medically trained to work in a hospital

    one of the nurses assisting the surgeon

  2. nurse(verb)ɜrs

    (of a woman or female animal) to feed a baby milk from her body

    tips for new mothers who are nursing; a mother dolphin nursing her calf

  3. nurseɜrs

    to take care of a sick or injured person

    Her husband nursed her back to health.

  4. nurseɜrs

    to be resting or having medical treatment for an illness or injury

    Their star player is nursing a bruised ankle.

  5. nurseɜrs

    to continue to feel an emotion or have an idea

    She had always nursed the dream that her children would go to college.; an old rival who still nurses bad feelings toward her


  1. nurse(Noun)

    A wet-nurse.

  2. nurse(Noun)

    A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other peopleu2019s young.

    They hired a nurse to care for their young boy

  3. nurse(Noun)

    A person trained to provide care for the sick.

    The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward

  4. nurse(Verb)

    to breast feed

    She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy.

  5. nurse(Verb)

    to care for the sick

    She nursed him back to health.

  6. nurse(Verb)

    to treat kindly and with extra care

    She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.

  7. nurse(Verb)

    to drink slowly

  8. nurse(Verb)

    to foster, to nourish

    Many nurse this humanitarian idea which is not specifically Christian.

  9. Origin: Variant form of the archaic nourice, from norrice, from nutricius, from nutrix, from nutrire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nurse(noun)

    one who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm

  2. Nurse(noun)

    one who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like

  3. Nurse(noun)

    a lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place

  4. Nurse(noun)

    a peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia

  5. Nurse(noun)

    either one of the nurse sharks

  6. Nurse(verb)

    to nourish; to cherish; to foster

  7. Nurse(verb)

    to nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant

  8. Nurse(verb)

    to take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon

  9. Nurse(verb)

    to bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention

  10. Nurse(verb)

    to manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources

  11. Nurse(verb)

    to caress; to fondle, as a nurse does

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NURSE

    One who keeps setting up the drinks after you're all in. Out of the frying-pan into the face--Mothers' doughnuts. O Many hands make light work--also a good Jackpot. OAR A popular device for catching crabs.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nurse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3215

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nurse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2753

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nurse' in Nouns Frequency: #820

Translations for Nurse

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who looks after sick or injured people in hospital

She wants to be a nurse.

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