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nurture

1 verb
     
nur‧ture1 [transitive usually passive] formal
1 to help a plan, idea, feeling etc to develop:
European union is an ideal that has been nurtured since the post-war years.
a hatred of foreigners nurtured by the media
2 to feed and take care of a child or a plant while it is growing:
plants nurtured in the greenhouse

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