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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. Serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
  3. 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"
  4. (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 [archaic]
  5. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
    "nurse a resentment";
    - harbor [N. Amer], harbour [Brit, Cdn], hold, entertain, bear

Derived forms: nursing, nurses, nursed

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, Paul