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verb nurse pronunciation in British English /nɜː(r)s/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theynurse
he/she/itnurses
present participlenursing
past tensenursed
past participlenursed
  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.

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  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.

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  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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