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English noun: nurture

1. nurture (attribute) the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child

Synonymsraising, rearing

Broader (hypernym)upbringing

2. nurture (act) helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

SamplesThey debated whether nature or nurture was more important.

Synonymsbreeding, bringing up, fosterage, fostering, raising, rearing, upbringing

Broader (hypernym)acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization

English verb: nurture

1. nurture (communication) help develop, help grow

SamplesNurture his talents.


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

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize, serve, serve well, support

2. nurture (social) bring up

SamplesRaise a family.
Bring up children.

Synonymsbring up, parent, raise, rear

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cradle, fledge, foster

Causegrow up

3. nurture (consumption) provide with nourishment

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

Synonymsnourish, sustain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)carry

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