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
Synonyms: nursemaid nanny
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"

Related terms: feel
5. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8450
6. [ verb ] serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
Related terms: care
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
Similar spelling:   Nourse