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nurse

verb [T] (TAKE CARE OF)    /nɜːs/ US  /nɝːs/
C2 to care for a person or an animal while they are ill: He gave up his job so that he could nurse his mother at home. They found an injured cat and carefully nursed it back to health (= until it was well again).Treating and caring for people to spend a lot of time taking care of something as it grows or develops: These young trees were carefully nursed by the head gardener. The project will have to be nursed through its first few months.Gardening - general words If you nurse an illness or injury, you rest until it gets better: Robert's in bed nursing a back injury.Treating and caring for peoplePassive and not working to hold a small child in your arms as a way of making them feel better: She nursed the crying child on her lap.Parenting and caring for childrenShowing affectionTouching and feeling
(Definition of nurse verb (TAKE CARE OF) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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