What does nurture mean?

Definitions for nurture
ˈnɜr tʃərnur·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raising, rearing, nurturenoun

    the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child

  2. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringingverb

    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

    "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

  3. foster, nurtureverb

    help develop, help grow

    "nurture his talents"

  4. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parentverb

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"

  5. nourish, nurture, sustainverb

    provide with nourishment

    "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"


  1. nurturenoun

    The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.

  2. nurturenoun

    That which nourishes; food; diet.

  3. nurturenoun

    The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature.

  4. nurtureverb

    to nourish or nurse

  5. Etymology: From norture, noriture, from norriture, norreture, from nutritura, from nutrire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NURTUREnoun

    Etymology: contracted from nourriture, French.

    For this did th’ angel twice descend?
    Ordain’d thy nurture holy, as of a plant
    Select and sacred. John Milton, Agonistes.

    She should take order for bringing up of wards in good nurture, not suffer them to come into bad hands. Edmund Spenser.

    The thorny point
    Of bare distress, hath ta’en from me the shew
    Of smooth civility; yet am I inland bred,
    And know some nurture. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

  2. To Nurtureverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Thou broughtest it up with thy righteousness, and nurturedst it in thy law, and reformedst it with thy judgment. 2 Esdr. viii. 12.

    He was nurtured where he had been born in his first rudiments, till the years of ten. Henry Wotton.

    When an insolent despiser of discipline, nurtured into impudence, shall appear before a church governour, severity and resolution are that governour’s virtues. South.

    They suppose mother earth to be a great animal, and to have nurtured up her young offspring with a conscious tenderness. Richard Bentley, Serm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nurturenoun

    the act of nourishing or nursing; thender care; education; training

  2. Nurturenoun

    that which nourishes; food; diet

  3. Nurtureverb

    to feed; to nourish

  4. Nurtureverb

    to educate; to bring or train up

  5. Etymology: [OE. norture, noriture, OF. norriture, norreture, F. nourriture, fr. L. nutritura a nursing, suckling. See Nourish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nurture

    nurt′ūr, n. act of nursing or nourishing: nourishment: education: instruction.—v.t. to nourish: to bring up: to educate.—n. Nurt′urer. [O. Fr. noriture (Fr. nourriture)—Low L. nutritura—L. nutrīre, to nourish.]

Editors Contribution

  1. nurture

    To support with love and understanding.

    They always chose to nurture their children, ensuring they listened, had lots of fun together and knew that discussion really had its place at their kitchen table so every voice is heard.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nurture in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nurture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of nurture in a Sentence

  1. Jewell Parker Rhodes:

    We nurture children so they can fly and be set free and be the citizens for a new world, a new generation, parents are dragging these children intellectually, emotionally back to their era, and I think, culturally, it's really a disservice.

  2. Daron Shaw:

    There is some evidence here that President Trump is starting to realize some of the political benefits of robust economic growth, but the connection is tenuous now and the White House would be wise to carefully nurture it in advance of the November elections.

  3. Marc Rayman:

    We should study it because we hunger for knowledge and understanding. Grand undertakings like this nurture our spirit.

  4. Michael Collins:

    Strangely enough, it looks fragile somehow, you want to take care of it. You want to nurture it. You want to be good to it. All the beauty, it was wonderful, it was tiny, it's our home, everything I knew, but fragile, strange.

  5. Lee C. Bollinger:

    Nurture an appetite for being puzzled, for being confused, indeed for being openly stupid, and that - despite what you may think - is very difficult...We all know the cliche' that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It is also true that a lot of knowledge can be a dangerous thing as well...use your ignorance as well as your knowledge for creative means.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. irascible
    • B. splay
    • C. sesquipedalian
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