nour·​ish·​ing | \ ˈnər-i-shiŋ How to pronounce nourishing (audio) , ˈnə-ri-\

Definition of nourishing

: giving nourishment : nutritious

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nourishing


nutrient, nutritional, nutritious, nutritive


nonnutritious, nonnutritive

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Examples of nourishing in a Sentence

milk should be part of a nourishing breakfast

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This crumbling of industry-wide borders has allowed for a messier, more relentless deluge of music, but its outcome has given rise to one of the most promising and artistically nourishing epochs in recent memory. Jason Parham, WIRED, "2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer," 4 June 2019 People are not as fatty or as nourishing as seals or sea lions. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Beachgoers in the US have real-life Jaws to fear," 2 June 2019 For a quick pick-me-up, apply a nourishing face mask to target a number of issues, including dry skin, acne, and dullness. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 Historically, it was used by the Egyptians, Mayans, and Native Americans for its healing and nourishing properties. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rosehip Oil," 2 May 2019 Hemp CBD Infused Lip Balm Vertly $22.00 SHOP IT Three nut butters, coconut oil, and cannabinoids make this balm a nourishing, soothing addition to your tote. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019 Cucumbers, strawberries, and spinach together make for a treat that's refreshing and nourishing. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 10 Most-Pinned Healthy Salads on Pinterest," 18 Apr. 2018 So remember, just like the nourishing rays that filter down from the jungle’s dense canopy, your fig needs good sun in your home, too. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig," 15 Aug. 2016 Available in 11 shades, this foundation also contains a natural gemstone called tourmaline to provide brilliance, pearl powder, and nourishing camellia leaf extract. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The 9 Best Powder Foundations to Thwart Summer Sweat," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of nourishing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nourishing was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nourishing

: providing the things that are needed for health, growth, etc. : giving nourishment



Medical Definition of nourishing

: giving nourishment : nutritious

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to take the place or position of

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