nurse ( nurses plural & 3rd person present) ( nursing present participle) ( nursed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count; n-title; n-voc A nurse is a person whose job is to care for people who are ill.
She had spent 29 years as a nurse..., Patients were dying because of an acute shortage of nurses.
2 verb If you nurse someone, you care for them when they are ill.
All the years he was sick my mother had nursed him... V n
She rushed home to nurse her daughter back to health. V n back to n
3 verb If you nurse an illness or injury, you allow it to get better by resting as much as possible.
We're going to go home and nurse our colds. V n
4 verb If you nurse an emotion or desire, you feel it strongly for a long time.
Jane still nurses the pain of rejection... V n
He had nursed an ambition to lead his own big orchestra. V n
5 verb When a baby nurses or when its mother nurses it, it feeds by sucking milk from its mother's breast.
Most authorities recommend letting the baby nurse whenever it wants. V
...young women nursing babies... V n
Young people and nursing mothers are exempted from charges. V-ing
nursery nurse →
charge nurse ( charge nurses plural ) A charge nurse is a nurse who is in charge of a hospital ward.
district nurse ( district nurses plural ) In Britain, a district nurse is a nurse who goes to people's houses to give them medical treatment and advice. n-count
nursery nurse ( nursery nurses plural ) A nursery nurse is a person who has been trained to look after very young children.
registered nurse ( registered nurses plural ) A registered nurse is someone who is qualified to work as a nurse.
(AM, AUSTRALIAN) n-count
staff nurse ( staff nurses plural ) A staff nurse is a hospital nurse whose rank is just below that of a sister or charge nurse.
wet nurse ( wet nurses plural ) , wet-nurse In former times, a wet nurse was a woman who was paid to breast-feed another woman's baby. n-count