[ nur-ish, nuhr- ]
See synonyms for: nourishnourishednourishesnourishing on

verb (used with object)
  1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.

  2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.

  1. to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one's community.

Origin of nourish

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English norisshe, from Old French noriss-, long stem of norir, from Latin nūtrīre “to feed”; see nurse, -ish2

synonym study For nourish

1. See nurse.

Other words for nourish

Opposites for nourish

Other words from nourish

  • nour·ish·a·ble, adjective
  • nour·ish·er, noun
  • o·ver·nour·ish, verb (used with object)
  • re·nour·ish, verb (used with object)
  • self-nourished, adjective
  • un·nour·ish·a·ble, adjective
  • un·nour·ished, adjective
  • well-nourished, adjective

Words Nearby nourish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nourish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nourish


/ (ˈnʌrɪʃ) /

  1. to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth

  2. to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); foster: to nourish resentment

Origin of nourish

C14: from Old French norir, from Latin nūtrīre to feed, care for

Derived forms of nourish

  • nourisher, noun
  • nourishing, adjective
  • nourishingly, adverb

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