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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Both interventions prompted cancer cells to recruit and nourish nearby blood vessels that, in turn, fueled their growth. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to being rich sources of antioxidants, some natural seasonings act as prebiotics—which nourish the beneficial gut bacteria tied to anti-inflammation, immunity, and a positive mood. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 Once someone’s basic needs are met (e.g., food and shelter), scientists say that wellness emerges from nourishing six dimensions of your health: physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and environmental. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.," 8 Aug. 2019 Steve Elfers, Ian James Wells supply drinking water for about 120 million Americans and nourish farmlands from the Arizona desert to the High Plains. Ian James, azcentral, "In the West and across the U.S., drilling of deeper wells is ‘unsustainable,’ researchers say," 24 July 2019 The soaking spring nourishing the Jeffrey pines and sagebrush is giving way to a desert dry as soaring heat scorches the new growth into blankets of kindling. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Wet California winter is a boon for skiers and water supply. But it brings a threat: wildfires.," 17 June 2019 The Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, meanwhile, has overseen a move from the club’s old home at White Hart Lane to a state-of-the-art stadium right next door, allowing Spurs to nourish its history while assuring its future. Rory Smith, New York Times, "A Lot Can Change in 90 Days. Ask Tottenham Hotspur.," 30 Aug. 2019 This one, like all the products from Bite Beauty, is made up of all natural ingredients: agave nectar to soften, lanolin to retain moisture, and jojoba oil to nourish. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 That follicle continues to grow while producing increasing levels of estrogen—and around day eight, those higher estrogen levels cause the lining of the uterus to grow and thicken, essentially getting ready to nourish an embryo. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Long is a Menstrual Cycle, Anyway?," 29 Aug. 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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