nursenurse2 ●○○ verb 🔊 🔊 1 sick people a) [transitive]LOOK AFTER somebody to look after someone who is ill or injured 🔊 He’s been nursing an elderly relative. 🔊 After Ray’s operation, Mrs Stallard nursed him back to health. b) [intransitive usually in progressive]MN to work as a nurse 🔊 She spent several years nursing in a military hospital.2 rest [transitive]LOOK AFTER somebody to rest when you have an illness or injury so that it will get better 🔊 Shaw has been nursing an injury, and will not play on Sunday. Grammar Nurse is never passive in this meaning.3 feed a baby a) [intransitive, transitive]MBHBH old-fashioned if a woman nurses a baby, she feeds it with milk from her breasts syn breast-feed 🔊 information on nutrition for nursing mothers b) [intransitive] if a baby nurses, it sucks milk from its mother’s breast4 your feelings [transitive]FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETC to keep a feeling or idea in your mind for a long time, especially an angry feelingnurse a grudge/grievance/ambition etc 🔊 For years he had nursed a grievance against his former employer. Grammar Nurse is never passive in this meaning.5 take care of something [transitive]LOOK AFTER somethingSUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLAN to take special care of something, especially during a difficult situationnurse something through/along etc 🔊 He bought the hotel in 1927 and managed to nurse it through the Depression.6 drink [transitive] informal if you nurse a drink, especially an alcoholic one, you drink it very slowly 🔊 Oliver sat at the bar, nursing a bottle of beer.7 hold [transitive] literaryHOLD to hold something carefully in your hands or arms close to your body 🔊 a child nursing a kitten→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusnurse• She never nurses a grievance or plans revenge.• Police believe the suspect nursed a grudge against women.• Penelope sat on the couch nursing a scotch and soda.• Shaw has been nursing a sore ankle.• Parents will become superfluous, the robots will nurse and play with children.• So Demeter nursed Demophoon, the son that Metaneira had borne to wise Celeus.• The monks tended his wounds and nursed him back to health.• Irina had wanted to nurse him, but the doctors had sent her away.• Tony nursed his wife through her long illness without ever complaining.• Martha nursed Ted herself.• The youngest bees clean out the cells and nurse the brood.• The others need to nurse the insult.• Somewhere the sturdy beggars nursed their wounds and cursed.nurse a grudge/grievance/ambition etc• Since 1960, when they had been humiliated by the Summerdale police scandal, Chicago police had nursed a grudge.• Dawson had been nursing a grudge even more intense than that of the others.