Definitions for: Nourish


[v] provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
[v] give nourishment to



Webster (1913) Definition: Nour"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nourished; p. pr. &
vb. n. Nourishing.] [OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir,
nurrir, norir, F. norrir, fr. L. nutrire. Cf. Nurse,
Nutriment, and see -ish.]
1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which
increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to
furnish with nutriment.

He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
--Is. xliv.
14.

2. To support; to maintain.

Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band. --Shak.

3. To supply the means of support and increase to; to
encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish
the virtues. ``Nourish their contentions.'' --Hooker.

4. To cherish; to comfort.

Ye have nourished your hearts. --James v. 5.

5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to
promote the growth of in attainments. --Chaucer.

Nourished up in the words of faith. --1 Tim. iv.
6.

Syn: To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture.


Nour"ish, v. i.
1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.

Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves.
--Bacon.

2. To gain nourishment. [R.] --Bacon.


Nour"ish, n.
A nurse. [Obs.] --Hoolland.

Synonyms: aliment, nurture, nutrify, sustain

See Also: carry, cater, feed, give, ply, provide, supply

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