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 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 It's made with natural antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin. Better Homes & Gardens, "The 8 Best Tinted Moisturizers to Keep Your Dull Winter Complexion Glowing," 5 Nov. 2020 In areas like the Southwest, where rainfall can be a rare commodity during many growing seasons, farmers may plant the Three Sisters in a sunken spot to help collect rainwater and dew to nourish the plants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celebrating Indigenous culture with Haudenosaunee boiled cornbread," 11 Nov. 2020 And the lawn clippings laying there will soon decompose into rich nutrients to nourish the lawn. Spike Carlsen, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Surprising Facts That Will Make Your Walk Around the Block More Interesting," 10 Nov. 2020 Aside from truly rinsing away grime (some dry shampoos just cover it up), shampoo helps nourish the tissue around hair follicles, resulting in healthier strands, says Wilson. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 25 Nov. 2020 The purpose of a primer is to nourish your lashes, hold the curl, increase the effectiveness of your mascara, and help it last all day long. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Mascaras for Your Longest, Most Voluminous Lashes Ever," 10 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Nourish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 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
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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