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nurture (n.)

c. 1300, norture, "upbringing, the act or responsibility of rearing a child," also "breeding, manners, courtesy," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia "a nursing, suckling," from Latin nutrire "to nourish, suckle" (see nourish). From mid-14c. as "nourishment, food."

nurture (v.)

c. 1400, norturen, "to bring up, rear" (a child), from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.

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Definitions of nurture
1
nurture (v.)
help develop, help grow;
nurture his talents
Synonyms: foster
nurture (v.)
look after a child until it is an adult;
Synonyms: rear / raise / bring up / parent
nurture (v.)
provide with nourishment;
Synonyms: nourish / sustain
2
nurture (n.)
the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child;
Synonyms: raising / rearing
nurture (n.)
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community;
they debated whether nature or nurture was more important
Synonyms: breeding / bringing up / fostering / fosterage / raising / rearing / upbringing
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