nurture

If you plant a seed, water it daily and give it lots of light, you nurture it until it is ready to be transplanted outside. When you nurture a person or thing, you care for it and help it to grow.

After a fight with your friend, you may have to nurture the relationship a little until you're close again. Use the phrase "nature versus nurture" to help you remember the word. Nature is a baby just out of the womb. Nurture is how that baby is raised or taken care of. Once the child is older, you may wonder if its love of reading is nature or nurture — is it natural born or is it because you read to the baby every night.

Definitions of nurture
  1. verb
    provide with nourishment
    synonyms: nourish, sustain
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    types:
    carry
    be able to feed
    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  2. verb
    bring up
    synonyms: bring up, parent, raise, rear
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    types:
    fledge
    feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
    cradle
    bring up from infancy
    foster
    bring up under fosterage; of children
  3. verb
    help develop; help grow
    nurture his talents”
    synonyms: foster
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    types:
    keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize, support
    be a regular customer or client of
    serve, serve well
    promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
    type of:
    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  4. noun
    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
    “they debated whether nature or nurture was more important”
    synonyms: breeding, bringing up, fosterage, fostering, raising, rearing, upbringing
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    type of:
    acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization
    the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  5. noun
    the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
    synonyms: raising, rearing
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    type of:
    upbringing
    properties acquired during a person's formative years
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