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verb nurse pronunciation in British English /nɜː(r)s/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlenursing
past tensenursed
past participlenursed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to look after someone who is ill or injured
    He nursed troops at the general hospital in Riyadh.
    nurse someone back to health (=until they are healthy again): His wife nursed him back to health.
    1. a.
      to help someone or something to improve or become more successful
      nurse something back to health: Chief executive David Michaels nursed the business back to health.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to help yourself get better after an illness or injury, for example by resting or getting medical treatment
    I took over as captain while she nursed a strained muscle.
    I’m nursing a cold.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to feel a strong emotion or have a belief for a long time, especially one that you hide from other people
    He had nursed a grudge against them for ages.
    Gilford still nurses an ambition to become captain of the team.
  4. 4
    [transitive] if you nurse a drink, you drink it slowly over a period of time
    She stood nursing a cup of tea.


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