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Meaning of “nurture” in the English Dictionary

"nurture" in British English

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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.

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

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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)
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