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.
- 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
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How to use nourish in a sentence
Working as a doctor treating refugees at Mission Hospital, she created in 1989 the Shuhada Organization and Clinic in Quetta, Pakistan — which treated Afghan women and girls, healing them physically and nourishing them academically.This Afghan Crusader Should Have Beaten Obama for the Nobel | Nick Fouriezos | October 11, 2020 | Ozy
If you’re looking to avoid sulfates, parabens, or sodium chloride, then this nourishing scrub is for you.Scalp scrubs that banish scaly patches and build-up | PopSci Commerce Team | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
One hormone called estrogen equips female bodies to release eggs and nourish a developing fetus.
Our brains falsely attribute the quality of breakfast to these items, perhaps to encourage us to eat them and thereby nourish ourselves.The Hard Problem of Breakfast - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Jonathan Bines | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
The hornet then carries this treat home to nourish young hornets.
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 | Russell Saunders | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These micromoments, our research shows, nourish both you and the other person.
Breivik, currently cooperating with Norwegian police officials, may continue to nourish a similar attitude toward his own actions.
He spoke of “government that would not enslave the human spirit, but free it and nourish it throughout the generations.”
They nourish them with bitter commentary, and they nurse their grievances like they would feed a bottle to a starving infant.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
They lay like vast skeletons, serving to nourish the mushrooms which grew vigorously in the rank vegetation.In the Wilds of Florida | W.H.G. Kingston
All the summer long these pastures nourish the sheep, poor enough beasts at the best.Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa | Edward Hutton
They tasted fine and seemed to nourish him, so he really didn't care.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
I seem to be speaking altogether of nourishing emotion, and we ought to nourish noble emotions.Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
British Dictionary definitions for nourish
to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); foster: to nourish resentment
- nourisher, noun
- nourishing, adjective
- nourishingly, adverb
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