- 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 nourisher
She was the source of abundance and the nourisher of gods and men.Ancient Man in Britain
Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
Finally her son, Ra Helios, appears as the last of the series in the character of father and nourisher of terrestrial things.
The sun was the symbol of Ra, the sun-god, the father and nourisher of terrestrial things.
The true home is the inspirer and nourisher of all that is best in life—in our American life; but men must learn the new lesson.Unleavened Bread
The palm branch is merely another form of the fern or fish-bone, and the word palm is radically alma, the all nourisher.Archaic England
- 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 nourisher
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.