|1.||[ verb ] try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury|
: "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
|Related terms:||treat medicine|
|2.||[ noun ] (medicine,work) one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)|
|Related terms:||health_professional licensed_practical_nurse scrub_nurse midwife matron margaret_higgins_sanger probationer visiting_nurse Nightingale cavell graduate_nurse foster-nurse registered_nurse nurse-patient_relation|
|3.||[ noun ] (work) a woman who is the custodian of children|
|Related terms:||woman keeper wet_nurse mammy dry_nurse|
|4.||[ verb ] maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)|
|Synonyms:||hold harbor entertain harbour|
"bear a grudge" "entertain interesting notions" "harbor a resentment"
|5.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8450|
|6.||[ verb ] serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people|
|7.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||treat nurser|
|8.||[ verb ] (food) give suck to|
|Synonyms:||suckle suck wet-nurse lactate give_suck bottle-feed breastfeed|
"The wetnurse suckled the infant" "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
|Related terms:||bottlefeed feed suck sucking nanny lactation nursing sucker|