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Meaning of nurture

nur•ture

Pronunciation: (nûr'chur), [key]
— v., n. -tured, -tur•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
  2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
  3. to bring up; train; educate.
—n.
  1. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
  2. development: the nurture of young artists.
  3. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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