• WordNet 3.6
    • v nurture help develop, help grow "nurture his talents"
    • v nurture provide with nourishment "We sustained ourselves on bread and water","This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
    • v nurture bring up "raise a family","bring up children"
    • n nurture helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
    • n nurture the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nurture That which nourishes; food; diet.
    • Nurture The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training. "A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise."
    • Nurture To educate; to bring or train up. "He was nurtured where he had been born."
    • Nurture To feed; to nourish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nurture The act of supplying with nourishment; the act or process of cultivating or promoting growth.
    • n nurture Upbringing; training; discipline; instruction; education; breeding, especially good breeding.
    • n nurture Nourishment; that which nourishes; food; diet.
    • n nurture Synonyms Training, Discipline, etc. (see instruction), schooling.
    • nurture To feed; nourish.
    • nurture To educate; bring or train up.
    • nurture Synonyms and Nurse, Nourish, Nurture. These words are of the same origin. Nurse has the least, and nourish much, of figurative use. Nurture expresses most of thoughtful care and moral discipline: it is not now used in any but this secondary sense.
    • nurture To instruct, school, rear, breed, discipline.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nurture nurt′ūr act of nursing or nourishing: nourishment: education: instruction
    • v.t Nurture to nourish: to bring up: to educate
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    “Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”
  • Dennis Rainey
    Dennis Rainey
    “Your marriage moves toward a state of isolation. Unless you lovingly and energetically nurture your marriage, you will begin to drift away from your mate.”
  • Proverb
    “Nature surpasses nurture.”
  • Mike Murdock
    Mike Murdock
    “Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. norture, noriture, OF. norriture, norreture, F. nourriture, fr. L. nutritura, a nursing, suckling. See Nourish


In literature:

The maintenance of the religious life is to some extent a matter of nurture and observances, of religious habit and practice.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Bushnell, Christian Nurture (Revised Ed.).
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
It is a pleasure to record that a worthy design was thus generously nurtured.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
The man who best illustrates the old civilization owes to it the most careful nurture.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
This time, O race that I have too tenderly nurtured, you shall perish.
"The Original Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de la Fontaine
No, your father's resentments would perish for want of nurture in a heart like yours.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Though nurtured and ripened by experience, it was not the offspring of art.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
We traced the infant through the holy influences received at a Christian mother's knee, and in the nurture of a Christian home.
"The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church" by G. H. Gerberding
Patience is a rare quality which should be treasured and nurtured.
"Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear" by B.J. Griswold
Dr. Bushnell, in his lectures on Christian Nurture, has said that the formative years of every man's life are the first three.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford

In poetry:

But though they nurtured it day and night,
With love and labour, the child and he
Were never granted the longed-for sight
Of a flower crowning the twisted tree.
"Story" by Laurence Hope
Can then the seed in God’s right hand
Of Happiness, when shed below,
Find fitting nurture in a land
Of wilding soil
And selfish toil?
I tell ye Time shall answer, No!
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
Ave Maria! blessed Maid!
Lily of Eden's fragrant shade,
Who can express the love
That nurtured thee so pure and sweet,
Making thy heart a shelter meet
For Jesus' holy dove?
"The Annunciation Of The Blessed Virgin" by John Keble
The tender thoughts we nurture for a loss
Of mother, friend, or child, oh! it were wise
To spend this glory on the earnest eyes,
The longing heart, that feel life's present cross.
"Love Now" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Get thee a set of servants to thy mind —
Servants, that know their duty to their God —
Servants, that are well-nurtur'd, well-inclin'd;
If thou wou'dst make a church of thy abode.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
If thou weddest a maid with a bold, staring look,
Who babbleth as loud as the rain-swollen brook,
Each day for the morrow
Will nurture more sorrow,—
Each sun paint thy shadow a-crook.
"The Old Man's Song" by Thomas Cooper

In news:

The 68-year-old great-grandmother had nurtured her nails to a combined length of 8.65 metres (28ft 4in).
A new event aims to nurture Greece's small but growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, despite the country's dire economic woes.
If you talk to Pamela Bittner about her big brother, Jeffrey, you would probably assume that he was born at least a few years before her, the way she describes him as protective, nurturing, wise.
Looking to encourage and nurture new talent IBC is inviting young professionals entering the industry to take part in the Rising Stars Programme , which will run Sunday and Monday, September 9–10, during IBC2012.
"The relationship between the band and the Deadheads needs to be nurtured because they are us, and we are them," Mr Lesh said in a recent interview.
Building, nurturing and growing your professional network is more important than ever.
Any relationship takes time, energy, and effort to nurture and grow.
Nurturing the discipline to put God first in our every thought, word, and deed opens the way to discover how to "single task " in a multitasking world.
Ten Thousand Villages has mastered the art of nurturing affluent customers as well as impoverished craftsmen.
This in turn nurtures a sustained root growth, a key element of healthy transplants .
Since then, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages by continuing to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.
Hartford Will Use $1 Million Federal Grant To Nurture Tech Firms.
University launches string project to nurture beginners.
Nurture your garden, reap the rewards.
Age isn't as important in parenting as nurture .

In science:

It has been long discussed whether the properties of cluster galaxies are by their ’nature’ or ’nurtured’ later.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
Therefore, it is important to understand whether properties of cluster galaxies were established early in the universe when the galaxy assembled (nature), or they are later formed by the physical mechanisms speci fic to the dense regions (nurture).
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
Seema Agrawal. I am grateful to my teachers for developing and nurturing my interest in Mathematics. I would like to thank Prof.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
Understanding the full picture is complex as this evolution is the result of the interplay of several physical processes (Faber et al. 2005) and combine the effects of initial galaxy formation conditions (“nature”) with galaxy evolution events (“nurture”) (Kauffmann et al. 2004).
Clustering Properties of restframe UV selected galaxies I: the correlation length derived from GALEX data in the local Universe
Maurice Jacob to help create a young new field such as ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics and nurture it to maturity.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme