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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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 This super gentle cleanser melts everything off easily and pampers skin with nourishing ingredients. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How I Used Korean Skin Care to Treat My Eczema," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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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