1. The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.
A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise. --Milton.
2. That which nourishes; food; diet.
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. Wotton.
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.
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; "nurture his talents" [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]