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nurture

(nûr′chər)
n.
a. The action of raising or caring for offspring: the nurture of an infant.
b. Biology The sum of environmental influences and conditions acting on an organism, especially in contrast to heredity.
c. The fostering or overseeing of the development of something: the nurture of an idea.

nur′tur·er n.
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But a nurtured lead will agree to higher quality materials or larger projects because they feel they know you and believe you are the expert.
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The fact that the researchers found a larger hippocampus in the healthy children who were nurtured is striking, Luby said, because the hippocampus is such an important brain structure.
She knew she wanted a sustainable home that would reflect her heart and soul, blend in with the surroundings, and be a place that nurtured both her and her daughter.
The camp professional is in the position to interpret to the multiple audiences that must constantly be nurtured and maintained at all times.
First, with regard to most human traits, including human abilities and personality characteristics, nature is always nurtured to some extent, and, by being so, differs from its original being (e.g., genomes).
Novices drawn by a starry cast to the brilliant, troubling A Talking Picture (which opens in New York next month) may find themselves bored or bewildered, but his adherents will be undaunted by the film's mix of apocalyptic comedy and political allegory, its nurtured longueurs and stilted artifice.
Many kids labelled "troublesome" but lacking basic communications skills and self-confidence have been helped and nurtured into becoming model pupils.
Friedman argues that the real battleground is religious education, where the ideology of religious totalitarianism is nurtured. Fifteen of the nineteen September 11 hijackers had Saudi passports.
As an accomplished American church historian, Fjeld knows the forces that shaped, threatened, and nurtured our Lutheran institutions.
On one level, survival entails a loving mutual, cooperative nurturing within the framework of this community; each woman is nurtured by, at the same time that she provides nurturing to, the others.

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