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nurse

nurse

 
pronunciation:
nuhrs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone who cares for the sick or feeble, esp. under the guidance of a doctor.
The nurse came in to take the patient's temperature.
 
synonyms:
registered nurse, RN
similar words:
caretaker, practical nurse
definition 2: a woman who is paid to look after a child or several children, or to suckle a child not her own.
When the child became too old for her nurse, she was looked after by a governess.
synonyms:
nursemaid
similar words:
dry nurse, governess, nanny, wet nurse
definition 3: in an insect colony, a worker that looks after the young.
similar words:
worker
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nursed, nurses, nursing
definition 1: to give medical care to.
They nursed the sick kitten.
synonyms:
attend, doctor, minister to
similar words:
take care of, tend, treat
definition 2: to breast-feed (a baby).
She nursed her baby through his first year.
 
synonyms:
breast-feed, suckle
similar words:
feed, nourish, wet-nurse
definition 3: to attempt to cure.
She stayed home to nurse her cold.
synonyms:
treat
similar words:
attend, cure, heal, remedy, take care of
definition 4: to look after the needs of.
The manager nursed the company through the slump.
synonyms:
take care of, tend
similar words:
favor, keep, look after, maintain, mind, mother, succor, suckle, sustain
definition 5: to keep alive or active by dwelling upon.
He's always nursing a grievance.
synonyms:
harbor, hold, nurture
similar words:
foster, keep, sustain
definition 6: to eat, drink, or use up slowly.
She nursed her drink for an hour.The children nursed their allowance so it lasted the whole vacation.
similar words:
conserve, husband, save, sip, spare
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to give or receive nourishment from the breast.
The baby was fussy and wanted to nurse.
synonyms:
breast-feed, suckle
similar words:
wet-nurse
definition 2: to perform the duties of a nurse.
She finished her studies and she's nursing now.
similar words:
attend, doctor
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