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Nurse vs Entertain - What's the difference?

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Nurse is a related term of entertain.

As nouns the difference between nurse and entertain

is that nurse is (archaic) a wet-nurse while entertain is (obsolete) ; pleasure.

As verbs the difference between nurse and entertain

is that nurse is to breast feed while entertain is to amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.



(wikipedia nurse)


(en noun)
  • (archaic) A wet-nurse.
  • A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people’s young.
  • They hired a nurse to care for their young boy
  • A person trained to provide care for the sick.
  • The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward
  • One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  • * Burke
  • the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise
  • (nautical) A lieutenant or first officer who takes command when the captain is unfit for his place.
  • A larva of certain trematodes, which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction.
  • A nurse shark.
  • Usage notes

    * Some speakers consider nurses (medical workers) to be female by default, and thus use "male nurse" to refer to a man doing the same job.


  • to breast feed
  • She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy .
  • to care for the sick
  • She nursed him back to health.
  • to treat kindly and with extra care
  • She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.
  • to drink slowly
  • to foster, to nourish
  • to hold closely to one's chest
  • Would you like to nurse the puppy?
  • to strike (billiard balls) gently, so as to keep them in good position during a series of shots
  • * 1866 , United States. Congress. Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, Supplemental report of the Joint Committee
  • It is to our interest to let Lee and Johnston come together, just as a billiard-player would nurse the balls when he has them in a nice place.

    Usage notes

    In sense “to drink slowly”, generally negative and particularly used for someone at a bar, suggesting they either cannot afford to buy another drink or are too miserly to do so. By contrast, sip is more neutral.


    * (drink slowly) sip, see also

    Derived terms

    * nurse practitioner * wet nurse, wet-nurse

    See also

    * matron * sister


    * (l), (l), (l)




    (en verb)
  • To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.
  • to entertain friends with lively conversation
    The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
  • They enjoy entertaining a lot.
  • * Bible, Heb. xiii. 2
  • Be not forgetful to entertain strangers
  • To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.
  • The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
    to entertain a proposal
  • * De Quincey
  • I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
  • * Hawthorne
  • A rumour gained ground, — and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
  • (obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
  • (obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • to baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services and institutions of the holy Jesus

    Derived terms

    * entertainer * entertaining * entertainment


  • (obsolete) ; pleasure.
  • (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.8:
  • But neede, that answers not to all requests, / Bad them not looke for better entertayne […].