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
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v provide with nourishment

Synonyms:
nourish, sustain
Types:
carry
be able to feed
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v bring up

Synonyms:
bring up, parent, raise, rear
Types:
fledge
feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
cradle
bring up from infancy
foster
bring up under fosterage; of children

v help develop; help grow

nurture his talents”
Synonyms:
foster
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

n 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
Type of:
acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization
the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture

n the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child

Synonyms:
raising, rearing
Type of:
upbringing
properties acquired during a person's formative years

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