Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: nurture /ˈnɜrtʃər/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlenurturing
past tensenurtured
past participlenurtured

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    to help someone or something to develop

    The magazine had the reputation of nurturing young writers.

    1. a.
      to provide the necessary conditions for something to grow and develop

      a totalitarian regime that nurtured a deep and lasting violence


a Korean dish made from fermented cabbage or other vegetables, garlic and spices

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a compulsive desire for something; an addiction to something

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog