|Origin:||nursh 'to nourish' (14-16 centuries), from nourish; influenced by NURSE1|
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.
to rest when you have an illness or injury so that it will get better:
rest[transitive not in passive]
Shaw has been nursing an injury, and will not play on Sunday.
feed a baby
a) [intransitive and transitive]MB old-fashioned
if a woman nurses a baby, she feeds it with milk from her breasts [= breastfeed]:
information on nutrition for nursing mothers
if a baby nurses, it sucks milk from its mother's breast
to keep a feeling or idea in your mind for a long time, especially an angry feeling
your feelings[transitive not in passive]
nurse a grudge/grievance/ambition etc
For years he had nursed a grievance against his former employer.
to take special care of something, especially during a difficult situation
take care of something[transitive]
nurse something through/along etc
He bought the hotel in 1927 and managed to nurse it through the Depression.
if you nurse a drink, especially an alcoholic one, you drink it very slowly:
Oliver sat at the bar, nursing a bottle of beer.
to hold something carefully in your hands or arms close to your body:
a child nursing a kitten