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nurture

verb advance, aid, assist, back, bolster, bring to maturity, bring up, care for, cherish, coach, cultivate, direct, educate, encourage, enrich, feed, fortify, forrard, foster, further, give aid, harbor, help, improve, instruct, invigorate, maintain, make provisions for, make strong, mold, nourish, nurse, patronize, prepare, promote, provide for, rear, render better, render strong, sponsor, strengthen, succor, supply aid, support, sustain, teach, train, tutor, victual
See also: abet, aid, assist, care, conjure, cultivate, discipline, educate, foster, keep, maintain, mature, organize, preservation, promote, regard, shelter, sustain

NURTURE. The act of taking care of children and educating them: the right to the nurture of children generally belongs to the father till the child shall arrive at the age of fourteen years, and not longer. Till then, he is guardian by nurture. Co. Litt. 38 b. But in special cases the mother will be preferred to the father; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 S. & R. 174; and after the death of the father, the mother is guardian by nurture. Fl. 1. 1, c. 6; Com. Dig. Guardian, D.