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Noun: nurse  nurs
  1. One skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
    - sister [Brit]
     
  2. A woman who is the custodian of children
    - nanny, nursemaid
Verb: nurse  nurs
  1. (medicine) try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury
    "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
     
  2. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
    "nurse a resentment";
    - harbor [N. Amer], harbour [Brit, Cdn], hold, entertain
     
  3. Serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
     
  4. 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"
     
  5. (of a woman) produce breast milk for a baby to drink
    "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places";
    - breastfeed, suckle, suck, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck

Derived forms: nursed, nurses, nursing

Type of: adult female, care, care for, caregiver [N. Amer], carer [Brit], do by, experience, feed, feel, give, give care, handle, health care provider, health professional, keeper, PCP, primary care provider, treat, woman

Part of: nurse-patient relation

Encyclopedia: Nurse