nour·​ish·​ment | \ ˈnər-ish-mənt How to pronounce nourishment (audio) , ˈnə-rish- \

Definition of nourishment

b : sustenance sense 3 books for intellectual nourishment
2 : the act of nourishing : the state of being nourished

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Examples of nourishment in a Sentence

These children are suffering because they lack proper nourishment. Soil provides nourishment to plants.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite all the festive energy around the tree, young and old tummies alike are going to need some nourishment to get through the hours gifts and family and cooking until the Christmas meal is on the table. Paul Stephen,, "Easy Christmas morning empanadas — sweet and savory — and hot chocolate," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s something concerning, but also weirdly resilient, about finding nourishment in gruel so thin. Gene Park, Washington Post, "The most influential games of the decade," 19 Dec. 2019 When this occurs, the retinal cells separate from the layer of blood vessels that provides oxygen and nourishment. Leah Groth,, "Savannah Guthrie Undergoes Eye Surgery After Serious Injury to Retina," 11 Dec. 2019 European hornets strip bark from woody plants (especially lilac) to make their nests and obtain nourishment from the sap. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: On hornets that eat bark and replacing sick shade trees," 17 Oct. 2019 The best way to support your children’s teachers is to ensure that your children get adequate sleep, nourishment and recreation. Wendy Faucett, Pomerado News, "Faucett: How to help a teacher," 19 Sep. 2019 Food is always so much more than physical nourishment. Sadé Carpenter,, "Black history on a plate: Cornbread dressing sparks longing for family, from Chicago to West Africa," 21 Nov. 2019 My family is experiencing this nourishment right now, as our youngest son had major surgery last month and the recovery involves a huge time commitment to physical therapy each day. Alison Sherwood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Friends in need of meal help will appreciate the extra care you put into your plan," 23 Oct. 2019 But others miss out on such physical and psychological nourishment. Laura Ungar & Trudy Lieberman / Kaiser Health News, Time, "Why America Is Failing To Feed Its Aging," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nourishment

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

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The first known use of nourishment was in the 15th century

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13 Jan 2020

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“Nourishment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce nourishment (audio) \

Kids Definition of nourishment

: something (as food) that causes growth or health


nour·​ish·​ment | \ ˈnər-ish-mənt, ˈnə-rish- How to pronounce nourishment (audio) \

Medical Definition of nourishment

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

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