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


aliment, 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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This was always eaten on New Year's Day, a tradition steeped in ancestral history where each component has a meaning: the black-eyed peas for prosperity, the greens for wealth, the cornbread for health and nourishment. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Read Meghan Markle's Emotional Foreword to 'Together: Our Community Cookbook'," 19 Sep. 2018 Those pigments make beets a feast for the eyes as well as nourishment for your body. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018 In the Assembly, at least one legislator had hoarded for nourishment a plate of limp waffles draped in plastic wrap. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "As End of Legislative Session Nears, Ennui Wins the Day," 19 June 2018 For a manner of nourishment that is biologically ordained, breastfeeding has long been subject to societal whims. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here's How It's Helping New Moms," 11 Sep. 2018 This allows your eyes to get good exposure to oxygen and receive nourishment from your natural tear film without lenses in the way. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Contact Lens Rules People With Dry Eyes Should Always Follow," 6 Sep. 2018 In some ways, perhaps, it is fundamentally tied to raising children, inextricably linked to the act of giving birth, as our bodies are biologically equipped to be the primary source of nourishment—on call 24/7 to another being. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Balloon artist Nate the Great had a long line of children waiting for his balloon creations, and food vendors such as Dan's Dogs and Kettle Korn offered nourishment. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina County Parks' Earth Day Festival provides family fun," 23 Apr. 2018 That constant threat of erosion often leads to expensive beach nourishment projects, and in some cases to people abandoning waterfront homes. Brock Vergakis, The Seattle Times, "Navy base where SEALs train protected by Christmas trees," 27 Jan. 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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