Definition of nurture in English:

nurture

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing:

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

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of nurturing someone or something:

    ‘the nurture of children’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It needed nurture but the Labour council killed it off, ostensibly because it had debts of 130,000.’
    • ‘But the Jews had established places where worship and spiritual nurture could take place.’
    • ‘But how to price and value love, nurture, community trust and neighbourliness?’
    • ‘Acceding to these requests seriously damages our understanding of conception and fatally fractures the link between parental relationships and infant nurture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such prayer lies spiritual nurture and wholeness.’
    • ‘They have only vague, dim ideas about feelings, the development and nurture of human emotions.’
    • ‘She turned to one for advice and nurture, another for kicks, and another for career advice, and each knew what was expected of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The process of Christian nurture, from cradle to grave is continuous.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
      • ‘But it seems to the Professor that nurture has made women more receptive to the idea of retributive violence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So whichever way you stand on the nature nurture debate, Kierkegaard was always likely to turn out a depressive.’
      • ‘I think we are who we are via nature (as a foundation) and then are further shaped by nurture.’
      • ‘But he overestimates the extent to which the supremacy of nurture is generally accepted.’
      • ‘He was quick to point out that nurture plays a big role, not just our genes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 upshot is that the age-old nature versus nurture dichotomy is completely erroneous.’
      • ‘Then we are left with an empirical question of understanding how nature and nurture interact.’
      • ‘You say you are interested in the nature/nurture debate, but all the evidence is with nurture in your presence.’
      • ‘Religion is a product of nurture and therefore a matter of choice. I reject discrimination on the grounds of religion.’
      • ‘Ridley's goal is to demolish this view and explain why Galton's nature / nurture dichotomy is erroneous.’
      • ‘In the nature / nurture debate there's room for both to have their influence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a John Steinbeck novel, two characters engage in the nature vs. nurture argument.’
      • ‘Many on the left seem to assume that if everybody has the same nurture, then everybody will be equally intelligent.’
      • ‘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.’
      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/