nour·ish·ing | \ ˈnər-i-shiŋ , 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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The Agave Lip Mask is nourishing and smells fantastic, while the line of Astrology Lipsticks truly has something for everyone. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Bite Beauty Will Launch a Line of French Press Glosses in July," 23 June 2018 Believe it or not, there's actually a bevy of shine-injecting, ultra-nourishing oils on the market that deliver amazing results to delicate strands. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "9 Amazing Oils for Fine Hair Types That Won't Make Your Strands Fall Flat," 6 Apr. 2018 Their Precious Hair Care Oil ($100; contains a nourishing combo of passion fruit and shea and moringa oils to smooth the cuticle and keep tresses healthy. Lisa Desantis,, "These Are the Beauty Products January Jones Uses Every Single Day," 14 June 2018 Do layer Quinn likes to start his bridal looks with a nourishing tinted moisturizer (try Armani's Crema Nuda) to hydrate skin and blur imperfections before layering additional coverage on top via foundation and concealer, if needed. Meg Storm, Town & Country, "The 10 Dos and Don'ts of Bridal Beauty," 4 Oct. 2016 Even when time is of the essence, culinary innovators in cities like Paris offer modern twists on international street food and sandwiches with wholesome ingredients that make a quick bite still feel nourishing and laid-back. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 Each of my recipes combines dates or cherries with spices like cinnamon and ginger, and other nourishing superfood ingredients., "3 Desserts You Can Make With Zero Added Sugar," 27 Feb. 2018 During the early years of life, emotionally nourishing father-child relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being for children. Joyce Y. Lee And Shawna J. Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Study: Fathers are forgotten by parenting programs," 17 June 2018 Without gluten, sulfates, or parabens, and packed with aloe and botanicals, these products take to skin beautifully, feel luxurious and nourishing, and look amazing both on your face and on your vanity. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 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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