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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
nurse (noun)
1.
a) a woman who suckles an infant not her own - wet nurse
b) a woman who takes care of a young child - dry nurse
2.
one that looks after, fosters, or advises
3.
a person who cares for the sick or infirm , specifically a licensed health-care professional who practices independently or is supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist and who is skilled in promoting and maintaining health - compare licensed practical nurse registered nurse
4.
a) a worker form of a social insect (as an ant or a bee) that cares for the young
b) a female mammal used to suckle the young of another
nurse (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to nourish at the breast - suckle
b) to take nourishment from the breast of
2.
- rear educate
3.
a) to promote the development or progress of
b) to manage with care or economy - nursed the business through hard times nursed a 1–0 lead
c) to take charge of and watch over
4.
a) to care for and wait on (as a sick person)
b) to attempt to cure by care and treatment
5.
to hold in one's memory or consideration - nurse a grievance
6.
a) to use, handle, or operate carefully so as to conserve energy or avoid injury or pain - nurse a sprained ankle
b) to use sparingly
intransitive verb
c) to consume slowly or over a long period - nurse a cup of coffee
1.
a) to feed an offspring from the breast
b) to feed at the breast - suck
2.
to act or serve as a nurse
Nurse (biographical name)
Sir Paul Maxime 1949–     British geneticist
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
nurse (noun)
a girl or woman employed to care for a young child or children
SYNONIMS:
babysitter, dry nurse, nanny ( nannie), nursemaid, nurser, sitter
RELATED WORDS:
amah, ayah; au pair, bonne; mammy; duenna, fraulein, governess, mademoiselle
nurse (verb)
1.
to attend to the needs and comforts of
SYNONIMS:
administer (to), care (for), minister (to), mother
RELATED WORDS:
cure, heal, remedy; doctor, treat; aid, conserve, preserve, provide (for), support; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; cater (to), humor; indulge
do for [], look after, look out for, look to, see to, take care of, wait on ( wait upon)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
brush (aside off), forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, slight
nurse (verb)
2.
to give milk to from the breast
SYNONIMS:
breast-feed, suckle, wet-nurse
RELATED WORDS:
bottle-feed
NEAR ANTONYMS:
wean
nurse (verb)
3.
to keep in one's mind or heart
SYNONIMS:
bear, cherish, entertain, have, hold, nurse
RELATED WORDS:
cultivate, foster, nurture, support, sustain; carry, keep, maintain, preserve, remember, retain, treasure; cleave (to), cling (to), hug, stick (to); brood (about over), fixate (on upon), obsess (about over)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disregard, drop, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook; abjure, decline, deny, disdain, refuse, reject, repudiate, scorn; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, give up, part (with), quit, renounce, throw out; erase, expunge
nurse (verb)
4.
to treat with great or excessive care
SYNONIMS:
cocker, coddle, cosset, dandle, indulge, mollycoddle, nurse, pamper, spoil, wet-nurse
RELATED WORDS:
cater (to), humor; content, delight, gladden, gratify, mother, oblige, please, satisfy; appease, mollify, pacify, placate, soothe
NEAR ANTONYMS:
control, discipline, restrain; oppress; neglect, overlook, slight; molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture, victimize
abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, manhandle, mishandle, mistreat, misuse
nurse (verb)
5.
to bring to maturity through care and education
SYNONIMS:
breed, foster, nourish, nurse, raise, rear
RELATED WORDS:
father, mother; attend, care (for), cradle, cultivate, mind, minister (to), nurture, watch; discipline, educate, instruct, mentor, school, teach, train, tutor; edify, enlighten, indoctrinate; feed, provide (for), supply; advance, forward, further, promote; prepare; direct, guide, lead, shepherd, show
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mishandle, mistreat; ignore, neglect; harm, hurt, injure
nurse (verb)
6.
to help the growth or development of
SYNONIMS:
advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, incubate, nourish, nurse, nurture, promote
RELATED WORDS:
advocate, back, champion, endorse ( indorse), support, uphold; endow, finance, fund, patronize, stake, subsidize, underwrite; abet, aid, assist; advertise, boost, plug, publicize, tout; agitate (for), campaign (for), work (for)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe; battle, combat, contend (with), counter, fight, oppose; repress, snuff (out), squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, halt, retard; encumber, fetter, hobble, impede, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle
discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit
nurse (verb)
7.
to use or give out in stingy amounts
SYNONIMS:
nurse, scant, skimp (on), stint (on)
RELATED WORDS:
dole out, mete (out), portion (out), ration (out); pinch, shortchange; conserve, preserve
NEAR ANTONYMS:
heap, lavish, pour, rain, shower
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