Definition of nurture in English:

nurture

verb

[with object]
  • 1Care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.

    ‘Jarrett was nurtured by his parents in a close-knit family’
    • ‘They also want to maintain their carefully nurtured relationships with individual solicitors.’
    • ‘At Mia's Montessori, each child's love of learning is carefully nurtured.’
    • ‘Doherty took the rural heartlands he has so carefully nurtured over the past four years.’
    • ‘America identifies and nurtures talent more methodically than any society I have heard about.’
    • ‘But she never nurtured her talents by painting either for pleasure or for business.’
    • ‘The workshop would go a long way in nurturing female talent, she avers.’
    • ‘The assistance these support services provide can help institutions create a more nurturing learning environment.’
    • ‘The mother nurtures the children and manages the household; the father legally provides for the family and the home.’
    • ‘However, their lovingly nurtured plots could be swallowed up by Eastleigh Council's plans to build hundreds of homes.’
    • ‘You can say something that will either nurture the relationship or tear it down.’
    • ‘Properly nurtured the two central defenders have huge senior careers ahead of them.’
    • ‘Agreed - a certain amount of natural skill is required - but that skill needs to be properly nurtured.’
    • ‘Then, properly nurtured, they would be " hatched " into the real world as fully formed companies.’
    • ‘Johnson also intends to nurture a new generation of " engaged political voices".’
    • ‘So how are churches today seeking to nurture the next generation of Christian social activists?’
    • ‘"Hopefully we are nurturing the next generation of black and Asian magistrates.’
    • ‘The church is the seedbed of gospel preachers, and we must value and nurture what God plants among us.’
    • ‘In reality, both soldiering and nurturing children are vital forms of public service.’
    • ‘"Lobby groups " are destroying " the harmony that nurtures creativity".’
    • ‘She nurtures creativity, including student compositions, and promotes a lifelong love of music.’
    bring up, care for, provide for, take care of, attend to, look after, rear, support, raise, foster, parent, mother, tend
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    1. 1.1Help or encourage the development of.
      ‘my father nurtured my love of art’
      • ‘Following the inspiration of Saint Patrick we have to accept their faith has been nurtured in a different culture.’
      • ‘He had spent his life always being there for me, pushing me to new heights, nurturing great ambitions.’
      • ‘Support is what is needed to nurture Canadian cinema.’
      • ‘In addition to the physical, parents also have trouble finding time to nurture their kids ' emotional well-being.’
      • ‘The leftovers are composted, helping to nurture a new cycle of growth.’
      • ‘Yet he seemed intent on alienating the very industry that had nurtured his awe-inspiring talent.’
      • ‘This could actually undermine brand equity by nurturing a negative brand attitude.’
      • ‘A thousand years of theological disputes nurtured the habit of analytical thinking that could be applied to the analysis of natural phenomena.’
      • ‘It seems to me that democracy's challenge is to nurture civic virtues among all citizens - not just elites.’
      • ‘Develop and nurture a culture of firmness and fairness.’
      • ‘It is a way to increase knowledge and learn new skills, build confidence, and nurture a sense of place, and community.’
      • ‘For those with artistic pretensions, he advises on how to stay sane while nurturing creative flow.’
      • ‘Even better, your supervisor, a top researcher in the field, wants to nurture your interest in science.’
      encourage, promote, stimulate, develop, foster, cultivate, further, advance, boost, forward, contribute to, be conducive to, assist, help, aid, abet, strengthen, advantage, fuel
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    2. 1.2Cherish (a hope, belief, or ambition)
      ‘for a long time she had nurtured the dream of buying a shop’
      • ‘Her current heartthrob is superstar Shah Rukh Khan and she nurtures an ambition to meet up with King Khan.’
      • ‘I have nurtured this ambition since I was a schoolgirl, but it was 17 years before I got around to achieving it.’
      • ‘Geddes nurtured the belief that common ground in culture, if used wisely, could do society real, practical good.’
      • ‘The older man stored away in the trunk of his mind dates and memories from his own career, while his son nurtured the same ambitions he once had.’
      • ‘After a couple of years as Rajya Sabha member, he nurtured hopes of being chief minister of the state.’
      • ‘Pakistan, on the other hand, have serious worries ahead of the match and need to sort their bowling problems if they nurture any hope of a series-levelling comeback.’
      • ‘But there is also a sense that many of those who complain bitterly about the direction of government policy still nurture the hope that Tony is really on their side.’
      • ‘But maybe they nurture this belief that they live in a classless society and these status considerations conflict with that.’
      • ‘But did he nurture ambitions to return to Queen Margaret Drive?’
      • ‘A travel agent by day and dreamer by night, he nurtures idealistic hopes of becoming a TV writer.’
      • ‘My mother had nurtured a hidden ambition to visit the Holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath.’
      • ‘Others inside the party nurtured hopes of a return to past Stalinist glories or some form of militant syndicalism.’
      • ‘Many had nurtured hopes that a major clearout would be made, opening the door for a large number of appointments.’
      • ‘She nurtured the hope of becoming a teacher, a field of endeavour that received the approval of both parents.’
      • ‘For a long time Vavilov nurtured the hope that he would be allowed to go to the Congress.’
      • ‘Soldiers' allegiances were stronger towards their generals than the discredited deputies and army leaders began to nurture political ambitions of their own.’
      • ‘Having come this far, the city government now nurtures more ambitions.’
      • ‘He also nurtures a dream about this land which includes the virgin patch of forest, Silent Valley.’
      • ‘Maybe we rushed too fast towards the dream we had secretly nurtured or maybe it just was just a chimera.’
      • ‘The Golden Quartet line up was a dream Smith had nurtured for some 30 years till their formation in 2000.’

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or process of nurturing someone or something.

    ‘the nurture of children’
    • ‘These candidates should then be given support, nurture, and a challenge to test whether God is calling them to cross cultural borders with the gospel.’
    • ‘At stake is not the status of marriage in our society (important though that is) but the safe and sensitive nurture of all our children from whatever home background they come.’
    • ‘Asleep, he dreamed again and again of a dying child who turned into a wet rag when he tried to comfort it - a terrible, potent image for a self allowed to slip away and powers of nurture never exercised.’
    • ‘Also, another group of chicks will be brought over from Russia next year to go through the same nurture and acclimatisation routine that the current influx is undergoing.’
    • ‘It needed nurture but the Labour council killed it off, ostensibly because it had debts of 130,000.’
    • ‘Children who've grown up without nurture apparently lack any sense that they can be something other than what they are.’
    • ‘I don't just mean in the field of higher education, where Americans give, or give back, to their places of nurture on a scale that we find unthinkable.’
    • ‘One cone-shaped hill is topped with a rock pile like a nipple, a metaphor of nurture.’
    • ‘We must make the proper nurture of children our highest priority, but this can never be done in a risk-free way.’
    • ‘She turned to one for advice and nurture, another for kicks, and another for career advice, and each knew what was expected of them.’
    • ‘And nurture is interrupted again when your colleague's husband is stopped from checking their baby.’
    • ‘Since March, hours of thought and planning have been spent on design, preparation and nurture.’
    • ‘Acceding to these requests seriously damages our understanding of conception and fatally fractures the link between parental relationships and infant nurture.’
    • ‘But how to price and value love, nurture, community trust and neighbourliness?’
    • ‘They have only vague, dim ideas about feelings, the development and nurture of human emotions.’
    • ‘But the Jews had established places where worship and spiritual nurture could take place.’
    • ‘In such prayer lies spiritual nurture and wholeness.’
    • ‘The process of Christian nurture, from cradle to grave is continuous.’
    • ‘Moreover, the Christian nurture model offered worried Protestant parents a much firmer guarantee of a child's good outcome.’
    • ‘In the nurture of children, they are taught in both religious traditions.’
    encouragement, promotion, fostering, development, cultivation, boosting, furtherance, advancement
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    1. 1.1Upbringing, education, and environment, contrasted with inborn characteristics as an influence on or determinant of personality.
      Often contrasted with nature
      ‘we are all what nature and nurture have made us’
      Often contrasted with nature
      • ‘So whichever way you stand on the nature nurture debate, Kierkegaard was always likely to turn out a depressive.’
      • ‘In the nature / nurture debate there's room for both to have their influence.’
      • ‘Finally, the nature / / nurture debate is addressed throughout the book.’
      • ‘The rapid transformation of warring societies into peaceful ones underscores the power of nurture over nature.’
      • ‘In a John Steinbeck novel, two characters engage in the nature vs. nurture argument.’
      • ‘The upshot is that the age-old nature versus nurture dichotomy is completely erroneous.’
      • ‘Ridley's goal is to demolish this view and explain why Galton's nature / nurture dichotomy is erroneous.’
      • ‘Then we are left with an empirical question of understanding how nature and nurture interact.’
      • ‘Of course, there is continuing debate about the extent to which such behaviours are inherent in our nature, or whether they are the result of nurture through a socialization process.’
      • ‘A lot of people have a problem with the nature versus nurture debate because they think then, ‘OK, if it's nurture, then it's curable’.’
      • ‘The idea, however, that men and women are separated from each other merely by nurture is a relic of early feminism.’
      • ‘He himself grew up without his biological parents, being raised by a foster family, and is understandably sceptical about the elevation of biology over nurture.’
      • ‘Religion is a product of nurture and therefore a matter of choice. I reject discrimination on the grounds of religion.’
      • ‘I think we are who we are via nature (as a foundation) and then are further shaped by nurture.’
      • ‘You say you are interested in the nature/nurture debate, but all the evidence is with nurture in your presence.’
      • ‘Many on the left seem to assume that if everybody has the same nurture, then everybody will be equally intelligent.’
      • ‘But he overestimates the extent to which the supremacy of nurture is generally accepted.’
      • ‘I used to think that nurture had the upper hand and I'm slowly swinging the other way: I now tend to believe we're genetically predisposed for a lot of things.’
      • ‘But it seems to the Professor that nurture has made women more receptive to the idea of retributive violence.’
      • ‘He was quick to point out that nurture plays a big role, not just our genes.’
      upbringing, bringing up, care, fostering, tending, rearing, raising, training, education
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Origin

Middle English from Old French noureture ‘nourishment’, based on Latin nutrire ‘feed, cherish’.

Pronunciation

nurture

/ˈnəːtʃə/