nour·​ish·​ment | \ˈnər-ish-mənt, ˈnə-rish-\

Definition of nourishment 

1a : food, nutriment

b : sustenance sense 3 books for intellectual nourishment

2 : the act of nourishing : the state of being nourished

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Synonyms for nourishment


food, pabulum, sustenance

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Examples of nourishment in a Sentence

These children are suffering because they lack proper nourishment. Soil provides nourishment to plants.

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Chanel just launched Le Révolution Volume de Chanel Mascara, made with waxes, polymers, and vitamins that promise to coat lashes in long-lasting, intense thickness and nourishment. Marci Robin, Allure, "Chanel’s New Le Révolution Volume Mascara Has the First-Ever 3D-Printed Wand," 10 June 2018 Water and nourishment enter through the gray scales on their leaves, so these plants don’t need soil to survive. Karen Dardick,, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Halsey also is also using a feeding tube to get nourishment with the broken jaw, EDC said. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Severely beaten puppy pulled from Indy home, arrest made," 27 Jan. 2018 Voilá: a movie that will satisfy your deepest craving for eye candy without a shred of nourishment. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson’s charisma elevates a dumb movie," 12 July 2018 Another and no less important ingredient to that success is the understanding that meals can provide more than just nourishment. Houston Chronicle, "Luby’s Kitchen Table," 27 June 2018 Its warm yellow glow, a beacon of hope and salvation, inviting the hungry, the lost, the seriously hammered all across the South to come inside, a place of safety and nourishment. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Anthony Bourdain's First Meal at Waffle House: "It Is Indeed Marvelous"," 13 June 2018 There’s also the fact that a lack of sleep and steady nourishment can heighten our awareness of these strange, subliminal connections. Justin Chang,, "Cannes delivers a triumph with Lee Chang-dong’s slow-‘Burning’ masterwork," 18 May 2018 But that wouldn't provide much nourishment and oversimplifies eating into one silly number. Cara Rosenbloom,, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of nourishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of nourishment

: food and other things that are needed for health, growth, etc.


nour·​ish·​ment | \ˈnər-ish-mənt \

Kids Definition of nourishment

: something (as food) that causes growth or health


nour·​ish·​ment | \ˈnər-ish-mənt, ˈnə-rish- \

Medical Definition of nourishment 

2 : the act of nourishing or the state of being nourished

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obstinately defiant of authority

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