1. [ verb ] help develop, help grow
Synonyms: foster

"nurture his talents"

Related terms: encourage serve patronize breeding fostering
2. [ noun ] the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
Synonyms: rearing raising
Related terms: upbringing rear
3. [ verb ] (food) provide with nourishment
Synonyms: nourish sustain

"We sustained ourselves on bread and water" "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

Related terms: provide carry nutriment sustenance
4. [ verb ] bring up
Synonyms: raise rear bring_up parent

"raise a family" "bring up children"

Related terms: cradle fledge foster parent lineage breeding raising grow_up
5. [ noun ] (sociology) raising someone to be an accepted member of the community
Synonyms: rearing bringing_up fosterage nurturing raising fostering upbringing breeding

"they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

Related terms: socialization foster rear foster
Similar spelling:   nurturance