- 1Care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing: Jarrett was nurtured by his parents in a close-knit familyMore example sentences
bring up, care for, provide for, take care of, attend to, look after, rear, support, raise, foster, parent, mother, tend; feed, nourish• rare provenderencourage, promote, stimulate, develop, foster, cultivate, further, advance, boost, forward, contribute to, be conducive to, assist, help, aid, abet, strengthen, advantage, fuel
- They also want to maintain their carefully nurtured relationships with individual solicitors.
- At Mia's Montessori, each child's love of learning is carefully nurtured.
- Doherty took the rural heartlands he has so carefully nurtured over the past four years.
- 1.1Help or encourage the development of: my father nurtured my love of artMore example sentences
- Following the inspiration of Saint Patrick we have to accept their faith has been nurtured in a different culture.
- He had spent his life always being there for me, pushing me to new heights, nurturing great ambitions.
- Support is what is needed to nurture Canadian cinema.
- 1.2Cherish (a hope, belief, or ambition): for a long time she had nurtured the dream of buying a shopMore example sentences
- Her current heartthrob is superstar Shah Rukh Khan and she nurtures an ambition to meet up with King Khan.
- I have nurtured this ambition since I was a schoolgirl, but it was 17 years before I got around to achieving it.
- Geddes nurtured the belief that common ground in culture, if used wisely, could do society real, practical good.
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- 1The action or process of nurturing someone or something: the nurture of childrenMore example sentences
- These candidates should then be given support, nurture, and a challenge to test whether God is calling them to cross cultural borders with the gospel.
- At stake is not the status of marriage in our society (important though that is) but the safe and sensitive nurture of all our children from whatever home background they come.
- Asleep, he dreamed again and again of a dying child who turned into a wet rag when he tried to comfort it - a terrible, potent image for a self allowed to slip away and powers of nurture never exercised.
- 1.1Upbringing, education, and environment, contrasted with inborn characteristics as an influence on or determinant of personality: we are all what nature and nurture have made us Often contrasted with nature.More example sentences
- So whichever way you stand on the nature nurture debate, Kierkegaard was always likely to turn out a depressive.
- In the nature / nurture debate there's room for both to have their influence.
- Finally, the nature / / nurture debate is addressed throughout the book.
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- ‘We are the ones that are born nurturers,’ Ms Cravea said.
- Women can put a different aspect to decision-making because they're nurturers of their families.
- The mythologies he is promoting about child abuse - that women are natural nurturers and that the main danger to children is strangers - are the exact opposite of the truth research supports.
Middle English: from Old French noureture 'nourishment', based on Latin nutrire 'feed, cherish'.