nurture Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “nurture” in the English Dictionary

"nurture" in British English

See all translations

nurtureverb [T]

uk   /ˈnɜː.tʃər/  us   /ˈnɝː.tʃɚ/ formal

nurture verb [T] (HELP DEVELOP)

to take ​care of, ​feed, and ​protect someone or something, ​especiallyyoungchildren 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 ​recordcompanyexecutive, his ​job is to nurture ​young talent.

nurture verb [T] (FOR A LONG TIME)

to have a ​particularemotion, ​plan, or ​idea for a ​longtime: Winifred nurtured ​ambitions for her ​daughter to be a ​surgeon.

nurturenoun [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 ​strongestinfluence on how ​childrendevelop - nature or nurture?
(Definition of nurture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nurture" in American English

See all translations

nurtureverb [T]

 us   /ˈnɜr·tʃər/
to ​feed and ​care for a ​child, or to ​help someone or something ​develop by ​encouraging that ​person or thing: As a ​recordcompanydirector, his ​job is to nurture ​youngtalent.
(Definition of nurture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of nurture?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More