Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun nurse

2 senses of nurse

Sense 1
nurse -- (one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician))
       => health professional, primary care provider, PCP, health care provider, caregiver -- (a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability)

Sense 2
nanny, nursemaid, nurse -- (a woman who is the custodian of children)
       => woman, adult female -- (an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted")
       => keeper -- (someone in charge of other people; "am I my brother's keeper?")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb nurse

5 senses of nurse

Sense 1
nurse -- (try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury; "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs")
       => treat, care for -- (provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics")

Sense 2
harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse -- (maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment")
       => feel, experience -- (undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret")

Sense 3
nurse -- (serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people)
       => care, give care -- (provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded")

Sense 4
nurse -- (treat carefully; "He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly")
       => treat, handle, do by -- (interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently")

Sense 5
breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck -- (give suck to; "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places")
       => feed, give -- (give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat")

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