- Nurture is someone or something that provides support or nourishment.
- An example of nurture is a parent raising a child.
- An example of nurture is a senior employee teaching a new employee the details of the job.
- An example of nurture is a well balanced meal.
- Nurture is defined as to feed, train or help develop someone or something.
An example of nurture is a mother bird feeding her baby birds.
- anything that nourishes; food; nutriment
- the act or process of raising or promoting the development of; training, educating, fostering, etc.also nurturance
- all the environmental factors, collectively, to which one is subjected from conception onward, as distinguished from one's nature or heredity
Origin of nurtureMiddle English ; from Old French norreture ; from Late Latin nutritura, past participle of Classical Latin nutrire, to nourish: see nurse
- a. The action of raising or caring for offspring: the nurture of an infant.b. Biology The sum of environmental influences and conditions acting on an organism, especially in contrast to heredity.c. The fostering or overseeing of the development of something: the nurture of an idea.
- Something that nourishes; sustenance: “The butterfly poked its tiny proboscis down into her hair, probing for nurture” (Barbara Kingsolver).
transitive verbnur·tured, nur·tur·ing, nur·tures
- a. To raise or educate (a child, for example).b. To encourage or help develop; cultivate: “a small college town that had nurtured his intellectual and creative pursuits” (James S. Hirsch).
- To provide sustenance for; nourish: the meadow that nurtures the cattle.
Origin of nurtureMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin nūtrītūra, act of suckling, from Latin nūtrītus, past participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present nurtures, present participle nurturing, simple past and past participle nurtured)