nurse Definition

  • 1a person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital
  • 2a woman employed to suckle a child; a wet nurse
  • 3a worker bee or ant that feeds and cares for the colony's young

Using nurse: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nurse" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The nurse checked my blood pressure.

  • Example

    She works as a nurse in the emergency room.

  • Example

    The baby was fed by a nurse.

  • Example

    The nurse bees take care of the larvae.

nurse Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for nurse

Antonyms for nurse

Idioms Using nurse

  • to harbor resentment or anger over a past offense


    He's been nursing a grudge against his former boss for years.

  • to drink slowly and steadily


    He sat at the bar nursing a drink and watching the game on TV.

  • to breastfeed an infant


    She nursed her baby every two hours.

Phrases with nurse

  • a registered nurse who has additional education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions


    I went to see a nurse practitioner for my annual check-up.

  • a private residential institution equipped to care for elderly people and those with chronic illnesses


    My grandmother lives in a nursing home.

  • nursing bra

    a brassiere designed for women who are breastfeeding


    She bought a new nursing bra after giving birth.

Origins of nurse

from Old French 'norrice', meaning 'nanny'


Summary: nurse in Brief

A 'nurse' [nɜːrs] is a trained caregiver who provides medical assistance to the sick or infirm, often in a hospital setting. It can also refer to a woman who breastfeeds a child or a worker bee or ant that cares for the young. Phrases like 'nurse practitioner' and 'nursing home' extend the term's usage, while idioms like 'nurse a grudge' and 'nurse a drink' convey different meanings.

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