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Definition of nurse:

  1. A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
  2. A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia.
  3. Either one of the nurse sharks.
  4. 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.
  5. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  6. 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.
  7. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does.
  8. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.
  9. To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant.
  10. To nourish; to cherish; to foster
  11. To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon.

Synonyms:

apply, bind, declare, blow, entertain, cheer, concord, concur, adjudge, have, suck in, soak up, keep back, defend, admit, harbour, defy, suckle, protect, servant, practical nurse, care for, obtain, agree, draw, think of, hold dear, lactate, value, halt, moderate, hold in, orderly, hold, deem, withstand, obligate, cultivate, book, toy with, flirt with, cling to, wet-nurse, sop up, restrain, guard, take hold, curb, support, carry, cherish, imbibe, accommodate, shield, make, take for, take up, check, give, take, suck, arrest, go down on, oblige, mammy, take in, give suck, suck up, maintain, throw, shelter, attendant, nanny-goat, confine, absorb, retain, contain, harbor, control, breastfeed, she-goat, reserve, nursemaid, caretaker, think about, bear, view as, nanny, comfort, encourage, prevail, keep, hold up, go for, fellate, hold back, foster, treasure, have got.

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