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.verb
- 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.verb
An example of nurse is to hold on to the same beer all night.
The definition of a nurse is someone who cares for sick, old or young people, or someone who provides medical assistance.noun
- 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.
- 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: ME norse < OFr norice < LL nutricia < L nutricius, that suckles or nourishes < nutrix (gen. nutricis), wet nurse < nutrire, to nourish < IE *(s)neu-, var. of base *(s)nā-, to flow > natant, Sans snāuti, (she) gives milk, Gr naein, to flow
- 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
- nurser noun
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- A person educated and trained to care for the sick or disabled.
- a. A woman employed to take care of a child; a nursemaid.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.
- To serve as a nurse for: nursed the patient back to health.
- a. To cause or allow to take milk from the breast: a mother nursing her baby.b. To feed at the breast of; suckle.
- 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.
- To take nourishment from the breast; suckle.
Origin: Middle 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.
- nursˈer noun
nurse - Medical Definition
- A person trained to care for the sick or disabled, especially one educated in the scientific basis of human response to health problems and trained to assist a physician.
- A wet nurse.
- An individual who cares for an infant or young child.
- To serve as a nurse.
- To provide or take nourishment from the breast; suckle.