nourishment

noun
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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Synonyms for nourishment

Synonyms

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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But nourishment is also important, and Mr. Sze, 26, is already a master of classics like charred cabbage with bacon, tomato and egg, and especially lu rou fan, a dish so fundamental that some restaurants don’t even list it on the menu. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "A New Generation of Chefs Reframes Taiwanese Cuisine in America," 11 June 2019 Don’t let adulting sidetrack you from nourishment and joy. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 The increases would reap about $400 million over eight years, said Assistant General Manager Pamela Herhold, providing vital nourishment for a system that’s limping along on old equipment. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Crusade for riders or risky gambit? BART director pushes to delay fare increase," 4 June 2019 Relatedness was an important factor, with grandmothers or aunts tending to provide the extra nourishment. National Geographic, "Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies?," 22 Feb. 2019 Use a cotton swab to dab a little on your nail beds for extra nourishment. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 Sugary sodas were presented as nourishment for the whole family. Jennifer Traig, WSJ, "The Making of the Picky Eater," 11 Jan. 2019 Advocates of beach nourishment argue that the process more than pays for itself, considering what tourism brings in to local, state and regional economies. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nourishment

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

nourishment

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

Kids Definition of nourishment

: something (as food) that causes growth or health

nourishment

noun
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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