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English noun: nurse

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


Broader (hypernym)caregiver, health care provider, health professional, PCP, primary care provider


Narrower (hyponym)accoucheuse, foster-nurse, graduate nurse, head nurse, licensed practical nurse, LPN, matron, midwife, practical nurse, probationer, registered nurse, RN, scrub nurse, student nurse, trained nurse, visiting nurse


Instance hyponymCavell, Edith Cavell, Edith Louisa Cavell, Florence Nightingale, Lady with the Lamp, Margaret Higgins Sanger, Margaret Sanger, Nightingale, Sanger


Member meronymnurse-patient relation

2. nurse (person) a woman who is the custodian of children


Synonymsnanny, nursemaid


Broader (hypernym)adult female, keeper, woman


Narrower (hyponym)amah, dry nurse, mammy, wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse


English verb: nurse

1. nurse (body) try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury


SamplesHe nursed his cold with Chinese herbs.


ExamplesDid he nurse his foot?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)care for, treat


Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine

2. nurse (emotion) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)


SamplesBear a grudge.
Entertain interesting notions.
Harbor a resentment.


Synonymsentertain, harbor, harbour, hold


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

3. nurse (social) serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)care, give care

4. nurse (social) treat carefully


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

5. nurse (consumption) give suck to


SamplesThe wetnurse suckled the infant.
You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places.


Synonymsbreastfeed, give suck, lactate, suck, suckle, wet-nurse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)feed, give


Verb groupsuck


Antonymsbottlefeed









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