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.
Recent Examples on the Web By early this week, the strikers reported feeling muscle pains, dizziness, nausea and rapid weight loss from lack of nourishment, according to organizers. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Sex offenders at Moose Lake end 14-day hunger strike after reaching deal with state officials," 4 Feb. 2021 All children when they are born need love, patience, nourishment, shelter and protection. William A. Virchis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: 2020 was a circus. Here’s what it taught me about birth, life and death.," 29 Dec. 2020 For example, some anti-nutrients can cause a food to taste bitter; animals won’t want to eat it, leaving the seed, for instance, to provide nourishment for future seedlings. Jill Joyce, The Conversation, "Anti-nutrients – they’re part of a normal diet and not as scary as they sound," 12 Jan. 2021 In depicting three generations of Black women repeatedly preparing the dish of the title, the play makes clear how the domestic space can be a place of comfort and nourishment. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "Eat Up! Drama is Served at These Family Dinners," 25 Nov. 2020 Iya Foods is all about sustainability and nourishment. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businesses," 5 Nov. 2020 Borage seed, yangu, marula, argan, and olive oils are all infused into this concoction for maximum repair and nourishment. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "15 of the Best Retinol Serums and Creams That Will Transform Your Skin," 14 Oct. 2020 So many of us have had to deal with loss without the strength and nourishment that can come from being able to grieve together. Johanna Goodman, Glamour, "You—Yes, You—Are Glamour’s Women of the Year," 13 Oct. 2020 In the fable, the stomach, personified with a human face, is alone able to supply nourishment. Jorge González-gallarza Hernández, National Review, "David Goodhart, Up from the Cognitive Meritocracy," 6 Dec. 2020

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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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“Nourishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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