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.

updated on July 20, 2019