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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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 Up collection is full of antioxidants, like hibiscus and argan extracts, to nourish the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Everything In Amazon's Fast Beauty Co. Sheet Mask Line Is Under $20," 14 Mar. 2019 As for products, Demirovic suggests mixing vitamin E oil with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion to nourish the skin and recommends something like Fur Oil for your bikini area. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019 These other mega moisturizers will quench and nourish even the most parched skin, and were also popular among our testers. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 According to a press release shared to Teen Vogue, the Perk Hydrating Facial is a new treatment exclusive to Sephora that exfoliates, hydrates, and nourishes skin using a tiny tool that basically acts as a vacuum cleaner for your pores. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Introduces New In-Store Perk Hydrating Facial Treatment," 1 May 2018 This brand new lightweight matte foundation comes in 30 shades, stays on for 16 hours and works to correct imperfections and nourish the skin. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Bobbi Brown's Entire Site Is 25 Percent Off Right Now! Here's Everything You Need to Buy," 8 Apr. 2018 The sugar will help nourish the flowers and promote opening of the blooms. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 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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