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Definitions of nurse

  1. To care for, as a child or a sick person; suckle; nourish; cherish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To nourish; to cherish; to foster Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; - applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To tend or suckle, as an infant; bring up; tend in sickness; promote growth or vigor in; encourage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To tend, as an infant, or a sick person: to bring up: to manage with care and economy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To tend, as a child or sick person; to manage with care. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To suckle; of an infant, to suck. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; "bear a grudge"; "hold a grudge" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury; "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. treat carefully; "He nursed his injured back by liyng in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To suckle; to nourish at the breast, as an infant; to attend and take care of in sickness; to cherish; to manage with care and economy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. a woman who is the custodian of children Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. one skilled in caring for the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Either one of the nurse sharks. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A woman who has the care of the children of another person; one who tends the sick or infirm; one who, or that which, protects or fosters. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. A woman who nourishes an infant: a mother, while her infant is at the breast: one who has the care of infants or of the sick: (hort.) a shrub or tree which protects a young plant. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. One who nourishes or tends a child or sick person. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. One who nurses a child or a sick person. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A woman who has care of infants or children; one who suckles children; one who tends the sick; he who or that which nourishes or protects; the state of being nursed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. A woman who has the care of infants or young children; a woman who suckles the infant of another, familiarly called a wet-nurse; one having the care of a sick person; he or that which cherishes or promotes. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for nurse

  1. But while he hesitated the door opened, and Dr. Barrow came hurriedly into the room, followed by a nurse – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  2. In response to his knock, a nurse appeared in the doorway. – The Lost Despatch by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
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