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Definition of 'nurse'


  1. one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
  2. a woman who is the custodian of children
       Synonyms: nanny nursemaid


  1. try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury; "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
  2. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
       Synonyms: harbor harbour hold entertain
  3. serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
  4. treat carefully; "He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"
  5. give suck to; "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
       Synonyms: breastfeed bottle-feed suckle suck wet-nurse lactate give suck
       Antonyms: bottlefeed

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