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nursenoun [C]

 us   /nɜrs/
  • nurse noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​persontrained to ​care for ​people who are ​ill or not ​able to ​care for themselves because of ​injury or ​oldage, and who may also ​helpdoctors in ​treatingpeople: The ​hospital has at least five nurses on duty in the ​pediatricsward all the ​time.


 us   /nɜrs/
  • nurse verb (FEED A BABY)

[I/T] to ​feed a ​baby from the ​breast, or of a ​baby, to ​drink from a woman’s ​breast: [I/T] I’m ​planning to nurse (the ​baby) for at least three ​months.
  • nurse verb (LAST LONGER)

[T] to make something ​continue to ​exist: Oklahoma was nursing a 7–3 ​lead over Texas with two ​minutesleft.
  • nurse verb (PERSON)

[T] to ​care for ​people who are ​sick or cannot ​care for themselves because of ​injury or ​oldage: After my mother’s ​operation, she ​stayed with us for a while until we nursed her back to ​health.
[T] If you nurse an ​injury, you ​rest it to ​help it get ​better: Robert ​stayedhome today, nursing a ​bad back.
(Definition of nurse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"nurse" in British English

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nursenoun [C]

uk   /nɜːs/  us   /nɝːs/
A2 (the ​title given to) a ​person whose ​job is to ​care for ​people who are ​ill or ​injured, ​especially in a ​hospital: He ​worked as a nurse in a ​psychiatrichospital. Nurse Millard will be with you ​shortly. [as form of address] Thank you, Nurse.
old-fashioned a woman ​employed to take ​care of a ​youngchild or ​children

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nurseverb [T]

uk   /nɜːs/  us   /nɝːs/
  • nurse verb [T] (TAKE CARE OF)

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 ​injuredcat and ​carefully nursed it back to ​health (= until it was well again).
to ​spend a lot of ​time taking ​care of something as it ​grows or ​develops: These ​youngtrees were ​carefully nursed by the ​headgardener. The ​project will have to be nursed throughits first few ​months.
If you nurse an ​illness or ​injury, you ​rest until it gets ​better: Robert's in ​bed nursing a back ​injury.
UK to ​hold a ​smallchild in ​yourarms as a way of making them ​feelbetter: She nursed the ​cryingchild on her ​lap.
  • nurse verb [T] (FEED)

When a woman nurses a ​baby, she ​feeds it with ​milk from her ​breasts.
(Definition of nurse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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