Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nurture"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nurture \Nur"ture\, n. [OE. norture, noriture, OF. norriture,
norreture, F. nourriture, fr. L. nutritura a nursing,
suckling. See {Nourish}.]
1. The act of nourishing or nursing; thender care; education;

A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.

2. That which nourishes; food; diet. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nurture \Nur"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nurtured}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Nurturing}.]
1. To feed; to nourish.

2. To educate; to bring or train up.

He was nurtured where he had been born. --Sir H.

Syn: To nourish; nurse; cherish; bring up; educate; tend.

Usage: To {Nurture}, {Nourish}, {Cherish}. Nourish denotes to
supply with food, or cause to grow; as, to nourish a
plant, to nourish rebellion. To nurture is to train up
with a fostering care, like that of a mother; as, to
nurture into strength; to nurture in sound principles.
To cherish is to hold and treat as dear; as, to
cherish hopes or affections.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were
treated as a child [syn: {raising}, {rearing}]
2: raising someone to be an accepted member of the community;
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: {breeding}, {bringing up}, {fostering}, {fosterage},
{raising}, {rearing}, {upbringing}]
v 1: help develop, help grow [syn: {foster}]
2: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: {rear},
{raise}, {bring up}, {parent}]
3: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread
and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young
children" [syn: {nourish}, {sustain}]

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