nourish

verb
nour·​ish | \ ˈnər-ish How to pronounce nourish (audio) , ˈnə-rish\
nourished; nourishing; nourishes

Definition of nourish

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from nourish

nourisher noun

Examples of nourish in a Sentence

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

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Somehow, the Zika virus can sneak from the mother's bloodstream across the placenta, which protects and nourishes the fetus, and target the fetus' brain. latimes.com, "Patients will pay for the crackdown on fetal tissue research, scientists fear," 10 June 2019 Somehow, the Zika virus can sneak from the mother’s bloodstream across the placenta, which protects and nourishes the fetus, and target the fetus’ brain. Washington Post, "Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research," 9 June 2019 The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "10 Ways Coconut Oil Can Give You the Best-Looking Hair of Your Life," 12 Apr. 2019 For him, a great salt spray combines salt with a mix of softening, volumizing, and shine-enhancing ingredients to help nourish hair during styling. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Salt Sprays for All Hair Types," 8 Apr. 2019 In addition to amplifying her lashes, Ivori loves to incorporate food and herbs into her beauty ritual to nourish her body and mind. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Successful gardeners rely on compost to improve soil fertility and moisture management, nourish helpful microbes, and inoculate against destructive ones. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Build the Ultimate Outdoor Compost Bin," 13 July 2018 Meeting Balakirev, Cui and Mussorgsky around 1861 nourished it further. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Rimsky-Korsakov and His World’ Review: Celebrating a Russian Master," 8 Aug. 2018 According to the pro, La Mer's Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream strikes the right balance between nourishing the skin for a dewy finish, without compromising the layers that follow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Ageless Makeup for Women Over 50, According to an Industry Veteran," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of nourish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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nourish

verb

English Language Learners 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

nourish

verb
nour·​ish | \ ˈnər-ish How to pronounce nourish (audio) \
nourished; nourishing

Kids Definition of nourish

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

Other Words from nourish

nourishing adjective a nourishing meal

nourish

transitive verb
nour·​ish | \ ˈnər-ish, ˈnə-rish How to pronounce nourish (audio) \

Medical Definition of nourish

: to furnish or sustain with nutriment : feed

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