nurse

A nurse is a trained healthcare worker who takes care of sick people. To nurse is to take care of, like if you nurse a baby bird back to health.

To become a nurse, you have to go to college and study subjects like anatomy and nutrition. Some nurses assist doctors and perform tasks like bathing patients, taking blood samples, or giving medication. When you use the word nurse as a verb, it means "care for," and also "breastfeed a baby." The Latin root, nutrire, means "to nourish." To nurse a drink is to drink it slowly, and to nurse an idea is to mull it over.

Definitions of nurse
  1. noun
    one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
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    examples:
    Edith Louisa Cavell
    English nurse who remained in Brussels after the German occupation in order to help Allied prisoners escape; was caught and executed by the Germans (1865-1915)
    Florence Nightingale
    English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)
    Margaret Higgins Sanger
    United States nurse who campaigned for birth control and planned parenthood; she challenged Gregory Pincus to develop a birth control pill (1883-1966)
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    foster-nurse
    a nurse who raises another woman's child as her own
    graduate nurse, trained nurse
    someone who has completed the course of study (including hospital practice) at a nurses training school
    head nurse
    the person in charge of nursing in a medical institution
    LPN, licensed practical nurse, practical nurse
    a nurse who has enough training to be licensed by a state to provide routine care for the sick
    matron
    a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
    accoucheuse, midwife
    a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
    probationer, student nurse
    a nurse in training who is undergoing a trial period
    RN, registered nurse
    a graduate nurse who has passed examinations for registration
    scrub nurse
    a nurse who helps a surgeon prepare for surgery
    visiting nurse
    a nurse who is paid to visit the sick in their homes
    nurse-midwife
    a registered nurse who has received special training as a midwife
    NP, nurse clinician, nurse practitioner
    a registered nurse who has received special training and can perform many of the duties of a physician
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    PCP, caregiver, health care provider, health professional, primary care provider
    a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability
  2. noun
    a woman who is the custodian of children
    synonyms: nanny, nursemaid
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    types:
    dry nurse
    a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
    amah, wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse
    a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
    type of:
    keeper
    someone in charge of other people
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  3. verb
    serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
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    type of:
    care, give care
    provide care for
  4. verb
    give suck to
    “You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places”
    synonyms: breastfeed, give suck, lactate, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
    suck
    draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
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    bottlefeed
    feed (infants) with a bottle
    type of:
    feed, give
    give food to
  5. verb
    try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury
    “He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs”
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    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  6. verb
    treat carefully
    “He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon”
    “He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly”
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    type of:
    do by, handle, treat
    interact in a certain way
  7. verb
    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
    synonyms: entertain, harbor, harbour, hold
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
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