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nurture

verb [T] uk   /ˈnɜː.tʃər/ us    /ˈnɝː.tʃɚ/ formal

nurture verb [T] (HELP DEVELOP)

to take care of, feed, and protect someone or something, especially young children or plants, and help him, her, or it to develop: She wants to stay at home and nurture her children. a carefully nurtured garden to help a plan or a person to develop and be successful: As a record company director, his job is to nurture young talent.

nurture verb [T] (FOR A LONG TIME)

to have a particular emotion, plan, or idea for a long time: Winifred nurtured ambitions for her daughter to be a surgeon.

nurture

noun [U] uk   /ˈnɜː.tʃər/ us    /ˈnɝː.tʃɚ/
the way in which children are treated as they are growing, especially as compared with the characteristics they are born with: Which do you believe has the strongest influence on how children develop - nature or nurture?
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