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)nā-, to flow from source natant, Sanskrit snāuti, (she) gives milk, Classical Greek naein, to flow
transitive verbnursed, nursing
- 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 nursed, nurs·ing, nurs·es
- 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 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.