nourish

verb
nour·​ish | \ ˈnər-ish, 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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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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of nourish

: to furnish or sustain with nutriment : feed

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