The verb nurture means to care for a young child or a young plant while it is growing and developing. It could also be used as a noun which means the care given to someone or something while they are growing and developing.

Synonyms are cherish, cultivate, foster, or nourish.

The word origins from Old French norturenourreture meaning “food, nourishment, education, training,” and from Late Latin nutritia meaning “a nursing, suckling” from Latin nutrire meaning “to nourish, suckle”. It was first used as a noun in the 13th century and as a verb in the 15th century.

Every child needs to be nurtured and protected.

Despite her husband’s shortcomings, she continues to nurture their relationship.

I don’t have any personal grudge to nurture so you don’t have any reason to blame me.