Definition for NURSE

NURSE, v.t. [nurs.]

  1. To tend, as infants; as, to nurse a child.
  2. To suckle; to nourish at the breast.
  3. To attend and take care of in child-bed; as, to nurse a woman in her illness.
  4. To tend the sick; applied to males and females.
  5. To feed; to maintain; to bring up. Is. lx.
  6. To cherish; to foster; to encourage; to promote growth in. We say, to nurse a feeble animal or plant. By what hands has vice been nursed into so uncontrolled a dominion? Locke.
  7. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.

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