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
Recent Examples on the Web Walnuts hold a special place in Chinese culture, as they are believed to nourish the lungs, relieve coughs and improve circulation, and during the new year, they are eaten for happiness. Washington Post, "These Chinese walnut cookies are buttery and crumbly, with a five-spice streusel filling," 2 Dec. 2020 In fact, using this natural weight loss supplement may not only help consumers lose weight but also improve energy levels and nourish the body due to multiple vitamins and nutrients packed in their natural ingredients. Daily Health Reports, Chron, "Meticore Reviews (2021 Updated) Diet Pills Supplement with Real Ingredients or Side Effects?," 4 Feb. 2021 For the Kids has helped feed students and their families from Rose Park since 2012 as a way to nourish them, but also to give them hope. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This is where you can donate food, time or money in Utah to help those experiencing hunger," 1 Jan. 2021 Shifts in global access to more sustainable food sources, provisions for school lunches, and most impactfully, a shift in the global approach to universal basic income can all help nourish the world, long after the pandemic has receded. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "The pandemic is changing the way we eat," 29 Nov. 2020 This organic botanical cleansing milk is soothing, super gentle, but rich enough to clean and nourish my skin. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "Beauty Inside and Out: Ovenly's Agatha Kulaga," 13 Oct. 2020 The very name Ferrante — the pseudonym of the Italian novelist — evokes the tangle of impulses that drive her heroines, her mothers and daughters torn between mutual dependence and contempt, between the desire to nourish each other and betray. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Later, the invigorating Sun moves into a harmonious relationship with this lunar energy, deepening our desire to nourish ourselves through physical means. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for December 24, 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 In recent years, as the monarchs’ plight has grown more dire, a movement has emerged to sustain the species by planting milkweed for caterpillars along with other native plants that nourish the adults. New York Times, "Monarch Butterflies Qualify for Endangered List. They Still Won’t Be Protected.," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of nourish was in the 14th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Nourish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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


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


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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