nourish

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verb nour·ish \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\

Definition of nourish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  nurture, rear … to save my boy, to nourish and bring him up … — Shakespeare

  3. 2 :  to promote the growth of no occasions to exercise the feelings nor nourish passion — L. O. Coxe nourished soccer as a sport in this country needed to nourish his spiritual life

  4. 3a :  to furnish or sustain with nutriment :  feed Plants are nourished by rain and soil.b :  maintain, support their profits … nourish other criminal activities — Beverly Smith

nourisher

noun

Examples of nourish in a sentence

  1. Vitamins are added to the shampoo to nourish the hair.

  2. a friendship nourished by trust

Origin and Etymology 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


NOURISH Defined for English Language Learners

nourish

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verb nour·ish \ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish\

Definition of nourish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


NOURISH Defined for Kids

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verb nour·ish \ˈnər-ish\

Definition of nourish for Students

nourished

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nourishing

  1. :  to cause to grow or live in a healthy state especially by providing with enough good food or nutrients

nourishing

adjective a nourishing meal

Medical Dictionary

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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