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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb nurture:


Definition of the noun nurture

What does nurture mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: nurtures

  1. the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of nurture: raising / rearing
    • more generic word: upbringing = properties acquired during a person's formative years
  2. helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

Alternative definition of the noun nurture


  1. The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.
  2. That which nourishes; food; diet.
  3. The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature.

Definition of the verb nurture

What does nurture mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: nurtured | nurturing | nurtures

  1. help develop, help grow
  2. look after a child until it is an adult
  3. provide with nourishment
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of nurture: nourish / sustain
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
    • more specific word: carry = be able to feed

Alternative definition of the verb nurture


  1. to nourish or nurse

Definition of the verb nurture for high school students

    to assist the development of
    • example: Although Serena had never watered the plant, which was about to die, Javier was able to nurture it back to life.

The verb nurture is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Nurture" is a 2010 short drama film written and directed by Rooth Tang.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Nurture

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Google previewExpanding God's Kingdom Through Church Planting (2003)

by Fred Herron

Nurture the Kingdom Community Nurture is a biblical command; it is critical for a healthy church.

Google previewLiving the Faith Community (2004)

The Church That Makes A Difference - Seabury Classics by John H. Westerhoff III

seven hristian nurture is a contemporary expression for the historic word “ catechesis.” Catechesis, or Christian nurture, both assumes and indeed is dependent upon experience and reflection within a faith community. Catechesis assumes a ...

Google previewThe Improvising Mind (2010)

Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment by Aaron Berkowitz

Human nature without cultural nurture is an impossibility, a grand delusion. — Leonard Meyer1 The diabolical imagery of the review that opened the introduction, Türk's discussion of disorder (Chapter 9), and the descriptions of the experience ...

Google previewBioethical Decision Making in Nursing, Fifth Edition (2014)

by James H. Husted, Gladys Husted, PhD, MSN, RN, Carrie Scotto, PhD, MSN, RN, Kimberly Wolf, PhD, MS, PMHCNS-BC

To nurture is the commitment and objective of nursing.

Google previewCollege Psychology in a Nutshell (2006)

by David T. Liebert

nurture is a concept that examines the extent to which we are a product of environment and experience or a product of the innate programming found within our genetic codes. The questions steaming from this nature vs. nurture ...

Google previewSo Now You're the Superintendent! (2008)

by John Eller, Howard C. Carlson

Key Point #5: The most important relationship you will need to nurture is the one between you and your board; ...

Google previewMove to Lose (2005)

by Chris Freytag

Nurture is the kind, generous care you'd ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender and Society (2009)

by Jodi O'Brien

Nature versus nurture is a colloquial phrase for the scientific debate over the degree of influence of biological and environmental factors on human behavior. With respect to gender, the debate centers on the relative importance of genetics, ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (2017)

by Kevin L. Nadal

The nature versus nurture debate is one that has long been present in many subfields within psychology—particularly in developmental psychology. For example, developmental psychologists have debated whether nature (a person's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Hinduism (2012)

by Denise Cush, Catherine Robinson, Michael York

Religious nurture consists of the processes by which values, beliefs and practices are passed on and adapted from generation to generation. In view of the contested, diverse and fluid character of the Hindu tradition no summary account can ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2003)

Men and Women in the World's Cultures Topics and Cultures A-K - Volume 1; Cultures L-Z - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

The Nature–Nurture Controversy (with men, e.g., having higher scores on trait X in some cultures and women having higher scores on the same trait in others). This finding can be used to summarize the study of cross-cultural sex differences, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology (2010)

by Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers

Nurture refers to the environment, both social and physical, that influence development, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Primary Education (2009)

by Denis Hayes

NATURE–NURTURE a core position paper, 'Phonics and early reading: an overview for head teachers, lit- eracy leaders and teachers in schools, and managers and practitioners in Early Years setAll principles recommendations were ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of applied psychology (2004)

A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger

NATURE–NURTURE. DEBATE. AND. PLASTICITY. Cross-cultural research can help to provide insights into some of the basic issues in child development. This is mainly because a cross-cultural developmental approach uncovers a greater ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes] (2010)

by Michael Shally-Jensen

Jennifer Croissant “Nature versus nurture” is the popular phrase depicting the debate between proponents of sociobiology (biological or genetic determinism) and proponents of behaviorism (social determinism) over the reasons adult humans ...

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Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than what you think. (Benjamin Disraeli)
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Scrabble value of N1U1R1T1U1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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