n 1 : a woman who suckles an infant not her own : WET NURSE 2 a : a person who is skilled or trained in caring for the sick or infirm esp. under the supervision of a physician b : a person esp. trained to assist a physician or dentist (as in an operating room)
vb, nursed nurs*ing vt 1 a : to nourish at the breast : SUCKLE b : to take nourishment from the breast of : suck milk from 2 a : to care for and wait on (as an injured or infirm person) b : to attempt a cure of (as an ailment) by care and treatment vi 1 a : to feed an offspring from the breast b : to feed at the breast : SUCK 2 : to act or serve as a nurse .
Similar sounding terms: na·res
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