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 This translucent tinted lip oil (in nude to deep-berry hues), based on six plant oils, gives the plumping sheen of gloss plus the nourishment of a balm in one swipe. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 The nourishment of real-life parenthood has not been anything like that. Sarah Digregorio, New York Times, "Feeding a Preemie Means Swallowing Your Pride," 17 Apr. 2020 The movie is a constant feast for the eyes and a nourishment for the soul, giving the illusion of a journey back in time to a pre-technology age of simpler pleasures. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Truffle Hunters': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 The Houston Zoo ensures that the pumpkins serve as nourishment for the elephants by boosting their sense of smell and the use of their trunks and mouth. Cyndi Schramm, Houston Chronicle, "Smashing pumpkins: Elephants at Houston’s Zoo Boo stomp-out tasty treats from fall's favorite fruit," 23 Oct. 2019 Some are set in the South, some star some of our favorite actors, and some are simply soothing nourishment for our harried minds. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best Broadway Musicals for Southerners to Stream Right Now," 3 Apr. 2020 The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a statement Monday that the $7 million beach nourishment project will begin this week. USA TODAY, "Baby elephant, cougars, dognapper, burning treehouse: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 Based on some previous analysis, beach nourishment will be one of the major strategies identified for long-term solutions, according to Deverell, of the National Parks Conservation Association. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Disappearing beaches, crumbling roads: Lake Michigan cities face 'heartbreaking' erosion," 24 Mar. 2020 Folks come to us for their food, their nourishment. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "In the shadow of coronavirus, some Arizonans head outside despite social distancing advice," 15 Mar. 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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18 May 2020

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“Nourishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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