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

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 Yet some observers have expressed concern that the new law, though certainly well meaning, might nourish age-old biases. Brandon Tensley And Eva Mckend, CNN, 31 July 2022 This one from Irene Forte is made with buttery shea, wild mango, and pistachio oil to nourish, moisturize, and protect your lips. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 15 July 2022 Coconut oil and panthenol (a B vitamin) also nourish the scalp, and unlike most other ingredients, can penetrate inside the hair shaft, hydrating from within to enhance pliability, and keeping the cuticle tight and intact. Jolene Edgar, Allure, 24 June 2022 The Silk Canvas to weightlessly nourish, blur, protect, and prime—or, the French beauty favorite Embryolisse cream to restore skin moisture and leave a satin finish. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 13 June 2022 The conditioner includes colloidal oatmeal oils to nourish the hair, as well as probiotics to repair the scalp’s microbiome. ELLE, 11 June 2022 The vitamins will nourish and hydrate the skin, while the hyaluronic acid will work to brighten the skin complexion. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 The Moisture Essentials set contains four brightly colored, effective-but-gentle products that will nourish, hydrate and clarify her pores all while smelling like heaven. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 2 May 2022 That’s critical for the wheat needed to feed the world; the corn to nourish hogs, chicken and cattle; and the oilseeds to process food. Michael Hirtzer, Fortune, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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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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