nour·​ish·​ment | \ ˈnər-ish-mənt How to pronounce nourishment (audio) , 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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Examples of nourishment in a Sentence

These children are suffering because they lack proper nourishment. Soil provides nourishment to plants.
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First Known Use of nourishment

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

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6 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for nourishment


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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