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 This kind of casual interaction is a way to develop, nourish and renew ties between family members. Washington Post, "A pandemic tradition worth keeping: Walking together," 20 Apr. 2021 Bergamot, Vetiver and Citrus oils refresh the body while Mango Seed and Shea butters nourish and deeply condition the skin, leaving you feeling recharged and balanced throughout the day. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Skincare Products Formulated To Be An Essential Part Of Her Daily Routine," 28 Feb. 2021 From curl creams that nourish and define to the perfect mood-boosting red lipstick, these products celebrate the best parts of our daily skin-care, makeup, and hair-care rituals. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, "The Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Winners," 23 Mar. 2021 While oatmeal is full of proteins, vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin, its main selling point is its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Bryony Gilbey,, "How to make a face mask for skin," 20 Mar. 2021 This night cream is all about lifting and firming skin, using natural ingredients like brown algae, hyaluronic acid, and yellow banana bio-active to plump and nourish your skin overnight. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "5 Ways To Get Better Sleep For World Sleep Day," 19 Mar. 2021 Take some time to really nourish your own sense of self. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Wife can’t decide between staying and going after husband has affair," 27 Feb. 2021 Take some time to really nourish your own sense of self. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My husband had a child with a younger woman and now wants to reconcile with me," 26 Feb. 2021 The tech company, so good at making services, simply wasn’t set up to nourish the chaotic, multidisciplinary circus that is making games. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Google's Grand Plan to Make Its Own Games Fell Apart," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Nourish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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