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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 22, 2020 is:

nurture • NER-cher  • verb

1 : to supply with nourishment

2 : educate

3 : to further the development of : foster

Examples:

The mayor pushed for tax credits for small businesses as a way to nurture economic growth.

Nurture your marriage. While it’s important to keep the kids happy, it’s also important to set aside time for you and your spouse.” — K. Lori Hanson, The Miami Herald, 17 Dec. 2019

Did you know?

It’s no coincidence that nurture is a synonym of nourish—both are derived from the Latin verb nutrire, meaning “to suckle” or “to nourish.” The noun nurture first appeared in English in the 14th century, but the verb didn’t arrive until the 15th century. Originally, the verb nurture meant “to feed or nourish.” The sense meaning “to further the development of” didn’t come into being until the end of the 18th century. Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, is credited with first giving life to that sense in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792): “Public spirit must be nurtured by private virtue,” she wrote. Other nutrire descendants in English include nutrient, nutritious, nutriment, nutrition, and, of course, nourishment.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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