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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


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