nourish

verb nour·ish \ ˈnər-ish , ˈnə-rish \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of nourish

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
3 a : 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

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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


NOURISH Defined for English Language Learners

nourish

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

nourish

verb nour·ish \ ˈnər-ish \

Definition of nourish for Students

nourished; nourishing
: 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

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

medical Definition of nourish

: to furnish or sustain with nutriment : feed


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