verb \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\

: to provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc.

: to cause (something) to develop or grow stronger

Full Definition of NOURISH

transitive verb
:  nurture, rear
:  to promote the growth of <no occasions to exercise the feelings nor nourish passion — L. O. Coxe>
a :  to furnish or sustain with nutriment :  feed
b :  maintain, support <their profits…nourish other criminal activities — Beverly Smith>
nour·ish·er noun

Examples of NOURISH

  1. Vitamins are added to the shampoo to nourish the hair.
  2. a friendship nourished by trust

Origin of NOURISH

Middle English nurishen, from Anglo-French nuriss-, stem of nurrir, norrir, from Latin nutrire to suckle, nourish; akin to Greek nan to flow, noteros damp, Sanskrit snauti it drips
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with NOURISH


transitive verb \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NOURISH

: to furnish or sustain with nutriment : feed


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