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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By the time the song is over, my makeup is thoroughly melted away, thanks to the elixir of antioxidant-rich seaberry oil, healing vitamin E, and nourishing olive and grapeseed oils. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Then I Met You, a New Skin-Care Brand, Debuts With Double Cleansing Duo," 17 Oct. 2018 For the face, there’s a citrus cleansing toner, designed to reduce inflammation without disrupting the natural pH; a serum that blends rose hip, jojoba, and other nourishing oils; and a floral hydrosol mist. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 Sea shells, which were used by the Mayans as trading coins, are incorporated into massages and said to release nourishing minerals into the skin. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Ancient Rituals Should Be Your New Go-To Beauty Treatments," 15 Oct. 2018 The natural beauty brand's Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is so nourishing, so smoothing, and so famously beloved, even Meghan Markle counts herself as a fan. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Favorite $20 Lip Balm Is on Sale Right Now," 30 Nov. 2018 Small doses of olive extracts can be nourishing topically but most oils of the extra virgin variety are best tossed with salad. Lauren Ingram, WSJ, "Your A-to-Z Guide to Skin Care Today," 9 Aug. 2018 Her food is nourishing, comforting and a bright spot in what has become a bit of a food desert following the closing of Japonais, Brasserie Ruhlmann and others. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Review: Texican does both Texas and Mexico proud," 7 May 2017 Tsubaki oil and squalane also team up in this formula to lend some nourishing ingredients for that natural-looking not-too-matte finish. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products of September 2018," 30 Sep. 2018 Though all that hot fat may somewhat dim the virtuous image of a healthy salad, Ms. Cooper stands by the nourishing properties of kilt greens. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 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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