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NURTURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nurture mean? 

NURTURE (noun)
  The noun NURTURE has 2 senses:

1. the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
2. helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

  Familiarity information: NURTURE used as a noun is rare.


NURTURE (verb)
  The verb NURTURE has 3 senses:

1. help develop, help grow
2. bring up
3. provide with nourishment

  Familiarity information: NURTURE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NURTURE (noun)


Sense 1nurture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

rearing; nurture; raising

Hypernyms ("nurture" is a kind of...):

upbringing (properties acquired during a person's formative years)


Sense 2nurture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

bringing up; fosterage; fostering; nurture; rearing; upbringing; breeding; raising

Context example:

they debated whether nature or nurture was more important

Hypernyms ("nurture" is a kind of...):

acculturation; enculturation; socialisation; socialization (the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture)


NURTURE (verb)


Sense 1nurture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Help develop, help grow

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

nurture; foster

Context example:

nurture his talents

Hypernyms (to "nurture" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "nurture"):

keep going; patronage; patronise; patronize; support (be a regular customer or client of)

serve; serve well (promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2nurture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring up

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

parent; bring up; nurture; rear; raise

Context examples:

raise a family / bring up children

Cause:

grow up (become an adult)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "nurture"):

fledge (feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight)

cradle (bring up from infancy)

foster (bring up under fosterage; of children)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3nurture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with nourishment

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

nourish; sustain; nurture

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "nurture" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "nurture"):

carry (be able to feed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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