nourish

[ nur-ish, nuhr- ]
/ ˈnɜr ɪʃ, ˈnʌr- /

verb (used with object)

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

1250–1300; Middle English norisshe < Old French noriss-, long stem of norir < Latin nūtrīre to feed; see nurse, -ish2

SYNONYMS FOR nourish

1 See nurse.
3 encourage, help, aid, back, advance.

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British Dictionary definitions for nourish

nourish

/ (ˈnʌrɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); fosterto nourish resentment

Derived Forms

nourisher, nounnourishing, adjectivenourishingly, adverb

Word Origin for nourish

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

nourish

[ nûrĭsh ]

v.

To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.
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