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

noun

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

    ‘the nurture of children’
    • ‘The process of Christian nurture, from cradle to grave is continuous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the Jews had established places where worship and spiritual nurture could take place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It needed nurture but the Labour council killed it off, ostensibly because it had debts of 130,000.’
    • ‘But how to price and value love, nurture, community trust and neighbourliness?’
    • ‘And nurture is interrupted again when your colleague's husband is stopped from checking their baby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such prayer lies spiritual nurture and wholeness.’
    • ‘Moreover, the Christian nurture model offered worried Protestant parents a much firmer guarantee of a child's good outcome.’
    • ‘Children who've grown up without nurture apparently lack any sense that they can be something other than what they are.’
    • ‘Acceding to these requests seriously damages our understanding of conception and fatally fractures the link between parental relationships and infant nurture.’
    • ‘We must make the proper nurture of children our highest priority, but this can never be done in a risk-free way.’
    • ‘They have only vague, dim ideas about feelings, the development and nurture of human emotions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One cone-shaped hill is topped with a rock pile like a nipple, a metaphor of nurture.’
    • ‘She turned to one for advice and nurture, another for kicks, and another for career advice, and each knew what was expected of them.’
    • ‘Since March, hours of thought and planning have been spent on design, preparation and nurture.’
    • ‘In the nurture of children, they are taught in both religious traditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    encouragement, promotion, fostering, development, cultivation, boosting, furtherance, advancement
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    1. 1.1 Upbringing, education, and environment, contrasted with inborn characteristics as an influence on or determinant of personality.
      ‘we are all what nature and nurture have made us’
      Often contrasted with nature
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘In a John Steinbeck novel, two characters engage in the nature vs. nurture argument.’
      • ‘But it seems to the Professor that nurture has made women more receptive to the idea of retributive violence.’
      • ‘So whichever way you stand on the nature nurture debate, Kierkegaard was always likely to turn out a depressive.’
      • ‘Finally, the nature / / nurture debate is addressed throughout the book.’
      • ‘Ridley's goal is to demolish this view and explain why Galton's nature / nurture dichotomy is erroneous.’
      • ‘But he overestimates the extent to which the supremacy of nurture is generally accepted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the nature / nurture debate there's room for both to have their influence.’
      • ‘The rapid transformation of warring societies into peaceful ones underscores the power of nurture over nature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think we are who we are via nature (as a foundation) and then are further shaped by nurture.’
      • ‘The idea, however, that men and women are separated from each other merely by nurture is a relic of early feminism, which survives only because of lingering political correctness.’
      • ‘Then we are left with an empirical question of understanding how nature and nurture interact.’
      • ‘Religion is a product of nurture and therefore a matter of choice. I reject discrimination on the grounds of religion.’
      • ‘He was quick to point out that nurture plays a big role, not just our genes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The upshot is that the age-old nature versus nurture dichotomy is completely erroneous.’
      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/