nurtures, nurturing, nurtured
1) VERB If you nurture something such as a young child or a young plant, you care for it while it is growing and developing. [FORMAL]

[V n] Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their child to adulthood...

[V n] The modern conservatory is not an environment for nurturing plants.

Derived words:
nurturing ADJ-GRADED

She was not receiving warm nurturing care.

nurturing N-UNCOUNT

Which adult in these children's lives will provide the nurturing they need?

2) VERB If you nurture plans, ideas, or people, you encourage them or help them to develop. [FORMAL]

[V n] She had always nurtured great ambitions for her son.

[V n] ...parents whose political views were nurtured in the sixties...

[V n] Charlie Nelson has nurtured fine sprinters.

Derived words:
nurturing N-UNCOUNT

The decision to cut back on film-making had a catastrophic effect on the nurturing of new talent.

3) N-UNCOUNT Nurture is care and encouragement that is given to someone while they are growing and developing.

The human organism learns partly by nature, partly by nurture.

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