A nurse caring for a patient.
- The definition of a nurse is someone who cares for sick, old or young people, or someone who provides medical assistance.
- An example of a nurse is a person who takes care of you while you are in the hospital.
- An example of a nurse is a healthcare worker at a retirement home.
- An example of a nurse is someone who helps care for a newborn baby in your home.
- To nurse is to care for someone or something, or to feed a baby milk from the breast, or when a baby drinks milk from the breast.
- An example of nurse is to help a bird with a hurt wing to heal.
- An example of nurse is to walk carefully on a hurt leg.
- An example of nurse is to wake up at night to feed your newborn baby.
- Nurse means to drink something slowly.
An example of nurse is to hold on to the same beer all night.
- wet nurse
- a woman hired to take full care of another's young child or children; nursemaid
- a person trained to take care of the sick, injured, or aged, to assist surgeons, etc.; specif., a registered nurse or a practical nurse
- a person or thing that nourishes, fosters, protects, etc.
- Zool. a worker bee or ant that cares for the young
Origin of nurseMiddle English norse from Old French norice from Late Latin nutricia from Classical Latin nutricius, that suckles or nourishes from nutrix (gen. nutricis), wet nurse from nutrire, to nourish from Indo-European an unverified form (s)neu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)n?-, to flow from source natant, Sanskrit sn?uti, (she) gives milk, Classical Greek naein, to flow
transitive verbnursed, nurs′ing
- to give milk from the breast to (an infant); suckle
- to suck milk from the breast of
- to take care of (a child or children)
- to bring up; rear
- to tend (the sick, injured, or aged)
- to cause to continue, grow, or develop; nourish or foster: to nurse a grudge
- to treat, or try to cure: to nurse a cold
- to use, operate, or handle cautiously or carefully, so as to avoid injury, pain, exhaustion, etc.: to nurse an injured leg
- to consume, spend, etc. slowly or carefully so as to conserve: to nurse a highball
- to clasp; hold carefully; fondle
- Billiards to keep (the balls) close together for a series of caroms
- to be suckled; feed at the breast
- to suckle a child
- to tend the sick, injured, etc. as a nurse
- A person trained to provide medical care for the sick or disabled, especially one who is licensed and works in a hospital or physician's office.
- a. A person employed to take care of a young child.b. A woman employed to suckle children other than her own; a wet nurse.
- One that serves as a nurturing or fostering influence or means: “Town life is the nurse of civilization” ( C.L.R. James )
- Zoology A worker ant or bee that feeds and cares for the colony's young.
verbnursed, nurs·ing, nurs·es
- To serve as a nurse for: nursed the patient back to health.
- To cause or allow to take milk from the breast or teat: a mother nursing her baby; whales nursing their young.
- To try to cure by special care or treatment: nurse a cough with various remedies.
- To treat carefully, especially in order to prevent pain: He nursed his injured knee by shifting his weight to the other leg.
- To manage or guide carefully; look after with care; foster: nursed her business through the depression. See Synonyms at nurture.
- To bear privately in the mind: nursing a grudge.
- To consume slowly, especially in order to conserve: nursed one drink all evening.
- To serve as a nurse.
- a. To take milk from the breast or teat; suckle: The baby is nursing. Puppies nurse for a few weeks.b. To feed an offspring from the breast or teat: a mother who's nursing; what to feed cows when they're nursing.
Origin of nurseMiddle English norice, nurse wet nurse from Old French norrice from Vulgar Latin nutrīcia from Late Latin nūtrīcia from feminine of Latin nūtrīcius that suckles from nūtrīx nūtrīc- wet nurse ; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) A wet-nurse.
- A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people's young.
- They hired a nurse to care for their young boy
- A person trained to provide care for the sick.
- The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward
- One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
- (nautical) A lieutenant or first officer who takes command when the captain is unfit for his place.
- A larva of certain trematodes, which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction.
- A nurse shark.
- Some speakers consider nurses (medical workers) to be female by default, and thus use "male nurse" to refer to a man doing the same job.
(third-person singular simple present nurses, present participle nursing, simple past and past participle nursed)
- to breast feed
- She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy.
- to care for the sick
- She nursed him back to health.
- to treat kindly and with extra care
- She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.
- to drink slowly
- to foster, to nourish
- to hold closely to one's chest
- Would you like to nurse the puppy?
- to strike (billiard balls) gently, so as to keep them in good position during a series of shots
In sense “to drink slowly", generally negative and particularly used for someone at a bar, suggesting they either cannot afford to buy another drink or are too miserly to do so. By contrast, sip is more neutral.