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nourish

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verb nour·ish \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\

Simple Definition of nourish

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  nurture, rear

  3. 2 :  to promote the growth of <no occasions to exercise the feelings nor nourish passion — L. O. Coxe>

  4. 3 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


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nourish

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transitive verb nour·ish \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\

Medical Definition of nourish

  1. :  to furnish or sustain with nutriment :  feed





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