- to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
- to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.
- to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one's community.
Origin of nourish
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Examples from the Web for nourish
No trained medical provider could possibly expect to nourish a patient this way.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
These micromoments, our research shows, nourish both you and the other person.The Big Idea: Barbara Fredrickson on Love 2.0
February 14, 2013
Breivik, currently cooperating with Norwegian police officials, may continue to nourish a similar attitude toward his own actions.The Right’s Norway Mistake
July 25, 2011
He spoke of “government that would not enslave the human spirit, but free it and nourish it throughout the generations.”Obama vs. FDR
July 27, 2010
They nourish them with bitter commentary, and they nurse their grievances like they would feed a bottle to a starving infant.Real Housewives' Unlikely Villain
April 6, 2010
He had not thought of God as the bond of life between him and them, nor sought to nourish the life in them.Weighed and Wanting
You are poor and have not the wherewithal with which to nourish your mother.The Chinese Fairy Book
It is as if we took some minute poison with everything that was intended to nourish us.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
In general it may be observed, that those kinds of fish which are well grown, nourish better than the young and immature.
When I blow on the tinder my object is to nourish the flame.The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
- to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
- to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); fosterto nourish resentment
Word Origin and History for nourish
late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from Old French norriss-, stem of norrir "raise, bring up, nurture, foster; maintain, provide for" (12c., Modern French nourrir), from Latin nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), literally "she who gives suck," from PIE *nu- (from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle;" see nutriment) + fem. agent suffix. Related: Nourished; nourishing.
- To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.