nourish

[nur-ish, nuhr-]
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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.
  3. 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
Related formsnour·ish·a·ble, adjectivenour·ish·er, nouno·ver·nour·ish, verb (used with object)re·nour·ish, verb (used with object)self-nour·ished, adjectiveun·nour·ish·a·ble, adjectiveun·nour·ished, adjectivewell-nour·ished, adjective

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

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nourish

verb (tr)
  1. to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
  2. to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); fosterto nourish resentment
Derived Formsnourisher, nounnourishing, adjectivenourishingly, adverb

Word Origin for nourish

C14: from Old French norir, from Latin nūtrīre to feed, care for
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Word Origin and History for nourish
v.

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.

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nourish in Medicine

nourish

[nûrĭsh]
v.
  1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.
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