Mother's Day Words: What Mothers Do

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  1. treasure
    hold dear
    "As I pay my respects to them, I think of how young they were, how young I am, how much my mother treasures me, how much their mothers grieve for them. "
  2. nourish
    provide with sustenance
    The power of mother's milk. It is unrivaled in its capacity to nourish and protect a newborn.
  3. assist
    give help; be of service
    I prioritise my school work, which I can do because my mother assists me with my businesses at home.
  4. console
    give moral or emotional strength to
    "As a mother consoles a child, so I will console you."
    --Isaiah, 66:13
  5. protect
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    A mother protects her sons from Tyhpoon Haiyan
  6. diagnose
    subject to a medical analysis
    "Dr. Stephen Schueler, created a free Web site to help mothers diagnose a child's condition. It can even be used in schools by those who must make health care decisions."
  7. encourage
    inspire with confidence
    Stressing that the 26-year-old still has “plenty of time to figure everything out,” Tina Dalton, mother of Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton, reportedly encouraged her son Monday to keep his career options open for the next few years.
  8. edify
    make understand
    The wise mother edifies her house.
    —Proverbs 14:1
  9. mortify
    cause to feel shame
    My Mom Mortifies Me!
  10. cherish
    be fond of
    "I hope every baseball mom cherishes the fact that their child can play, whether they are a superstar or not
  11. champion
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    Lobbyist, mother champions the needs of autistic children
  12. motivate
    give an incentive for action
    My mother motivates me. I saw how hard she worked to make life good for me and my two sisters, and still at the age of 52 is working hard.
  13. amaze
    affect with wonder
    "Some people are heroes because they inspire, are loving, giving or compassionate, because they solve problems, or are brave....My mother amazes me in just about every way...I am astounded by the sacrifices she makes and the gifts she gives to make others (especially my family) happy."
  14. engender
    call forth
    From his own essence, Cronus engendered Earth and Heaven, whom mythologers may call Jupiter and Juno, and they in turn give life to Ocean.Dill, Samuel
  15. beget
    generate children
    “Devils beget fire, death, smoke,” Claes replied, “but children—no.Coster, Charles de
  16. bring forth
    bring into existence
    Say: Go through the earth, and see how He hath brought forth created beings.Dinet, Etienne
  17. sustain
    supply with necessities and support
    April showers are in the cards, but we can at least find plenty of good crime fiction to sustain us while indoors.Seattle Times (Apr 4, 2012)
  18. foster
    promote the growth of
    Moderate rainfall breeds settled agriculture, they reckon, fostering urbanisation, trade and state-building.
  19. raise
    bring up
    Sure enough, they observed faster growth rates for oaks raised in hotter conditions, similar to those seen in the field, Ms. Searle said.New York Times (Apr 25, 2012)
  20. rear
    bring up
    Mr. Richie, born and reared in Tuskegee, Ala., has said that making this album felt like coming home.New York Times (Apr 9, 2012)
  21. parent
    bring up
    She blogs about education and parenting at Coming of Age in the Middle.New York Times (Apr 20, 2012)
  22. enjoy
    derive or receive pleasure from
    Please come out and enjoy a wonderful home cooked meal.Seattle Times (Apr 21, 2012)
  23. manage
    handle effectively
    The folding doors and windows in the partition enable one teacher to manage both rooms.McKeever, William Arch
  24. care for
    be fond of; be attached to
    While walking through these grounds in company with a couple of missionaries, I thought how much better these animals were cared for than some men.Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
  25. deal
    come to terms with
    In the past few months, Mr. Cook has taken steps to deal with Apple's girth.Wall Street Journal (Apr 24, 2012)
  26. handle
    manage effectively
    “I feel like Henry has handled everything really well.Washington Post (Apr 21, 2012)
  27. hold dear
    be fond of; be attached to
    Speaking in different languages, dressing oddly, believing in strange gods, motivated by shadowy purposes and desires, they threaten everything we hold dear.New York Times (Dec 8, 2011)
  28. wish
    feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
    Wish him better luck next time,” he guffawed.Bartlett, Paul Alexander
  29. worry
    be concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
    In fact, many little things that once would not have worried her now jarred upon tired nerves.Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington)
  30. vex
    disturb, especially by minor irritations
    Memory kept vexing me sorely; and I, who seldom cried, swallowed tears behind my veil and went along in silence.Rameur, E.
  31. concern
    be on the mind of
    Women, Heilman said, are seen as communal, caring, emotional and concerned about others; men as intellectual, rational, logical.Scientific American (Apr 25, 2012)
  32. occupy
    live in (a certain place)
    This occupied the space of about two minutes—perhaps, not so much.Crowe, Catherine
  33. cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent.Webster, Noah
  34. make clean
    make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    Old boots or shoes I’ll take for brooms, Come buy to make clean all your rooms!”Hindley, Charles
  35. campaign
    related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal
  36. contend
    come to terms with
    But eight men, however bold and stout-hearted, could not long contend with an enemy at least four times their number.Strang, Herbert
  37. struggle
    make a strenuous or labored effort
    And any parent who has struggled to get his child’s class snack just right will enjoy Skip Card’s Elementary Dad essay on Inside Schools.New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
  38. defend
    protect or fight for as a champion
    Commissioner Patty Mahaney, who ardently defended Lee in the meeting, suggested that letting an independent investigation proceed would be best, rather than accepting Lee’s resignation.
  39. press
    force or impel in an indicated direction
    The United States government has also not pressed China to vigorously and quickly enforce its own laws to help American shareholders.New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
  40. push
    press, drive, or impel to action or completion of an action
    “I’m not in favor of pushing a young man too far.”MacKenzie, Compton
  41. talk
    exchange thoughts
    “We’ve had quite enough to-night, talking over old times.”MacKenzie, Compton
  42. babble
    utter meaningless sounds
    She babbled, as babies are supposed to do.Seattle Times (Apr 14, 2012)
  43. adopt
    take into one's family
    Watson said that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son.Seattle Times (Apr 17, 2012)
  44. advocate
    speak, plead, or argue in favor of
    On the contrary, I have advocated gentleness, peace, persuasion, exhortation, kindness, equity, on all occasions.James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford)
  45. sing
    produce tones with the voice
    "Now, all together," said Mr. Ridgway; and he began to sing.Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington)
  46. remind
    put in the mind of someone
    "Men marry women who remind them of their mothers."
  47. play
    engage in an activity as if it were a game
    But busy mothers don't have to drop all other priorities to play with their children all day. Van Sluijs says just small changes – walking to the park instead of driving or playing a good game of tag instead of a board game – can make a difference.
    -- When Mothers Get Moving, Children Are More Active, Too
  48. read
    look at and say out loud something written or printed
    And that is if you develop a keen emotional intelligence, i.e. the ability to read people.Salon (May 7, 2014)
  49. cook
    prepare a hot meal
    She said none of them knew how to cook, and none of their parents knew how to cook.Salon (May 6, 2014)
  50. bandage
    wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
    Wounds were packed with iodide or salt, the body tightly bandaged and the victim shipped for many miles to wartime hospitals.BBC (Apr 1, 2014)
  51. soothe
    cause to feel better
    His two best-selling items are potent home-brewed rice wine and luffa stem water, which many believe can soothe and whiten the skin.BBC (Apr 21, 2014)
  52. comfort
    give moral or emotional strength to
    "We can now provide accurate information about autism risk which can comfort and guide parents and clinicians in their decisions."Reuters (May 3, 2014)
  53. teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
    "It’s our mothers who often first teach us how to love."
  54. remember
    keep in mind for attention or consideration
    “Mothers remember the days their children bring a flower from the yard as a gift,” writes Gary Chapman in his book “The 5 Love Languages.”Washington Post (May 6, 2014)
  55. recognize
    be fully aware of
  56. listen
    pay attention
    “We’ll sit and listen and soak their insight and input up and see if it can help us.”New York Times (May 5, 2014)
  57. attend
    give heed to
    "I said, take the books away. The steward will attend to our needs."
    --A Game of Thrones
  58. carry
    physically move while supporting, by vehicle, hands, or body
    The boat was found near the disputed Spratly islands carrying 500 endangered sea turtles, reports say.BBC (May 7, 2014)
  59. support
    give moral or psychological aid or courage to
    Separately, finance minister George Osborne said the government would support a possible takeover of AstraZeneca by Pfizer, provided such a deal delivered jobs for Britons.
  60. miss
    feel or suffer from the lack of
    “I will miss many things here, not only the plants.”

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