Date: 1500-1600
Origin: nursh 'to nourish' (14-16 centuries), from nourish; influenced by NURSE1


2 verb
Related topics: Birth, Nurses, Doctors, etc

sick people

a) [transitive] 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.


[transitive not in passive] 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.

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
b) [intransitive] if a baby nurses, it sucks milk from its mother's breast

your feelings

[transitive not in passive] to keep a feeling or idea in your mind for a long time, especially an angry feeling
nurse a grudge/grievance/ambition etc
For years he had nursed a grievance against his former employer.

take care of something

[transitive] to take special care of something, especially during a difficult situation
nurse something through/along etc
He bought the hotel in 1927 and managed to nurse it through the Depression.


[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.


[transitive] literary to hold something carefully in your hands or arms close to your body:
a child nursing a kitten

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