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VERB (2)

1. provide with nourishment;
- Example: "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"
- Example: "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
[syn: nourish, nurture, sustain]

2. give nourishment to;
[syn: nutrify, aliment, nourish]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nourish \Nour"ish\, v. i. 1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment. [1913 Webster] Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To gain nourishment. [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nourish \Nour"ish\ (n[u^]r"[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nourished (n[u^]r"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Nourishing.] [OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir, nurrir, norir, F. nourrir, fr. L. nutrire. Cf. Nurse, Nutriment, and see -ish.] [1913 Webster] 1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment. [1913 Webster] He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. --Is. xliv. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. To support; to maintain. [1913 Webster] Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. To cherish; to comfort. [1913 Webster] Ye have nourished your hearts. --James v. 5. [1913 Webster] 5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Nourished up in the words of faith. --1 Tim. iv. 6. [1913 Webster] Syn: To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nourish \Nour"ish\, n. A nurse. [Obs.] --Hoolland. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

nourish v 1: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children" [syn: nourish, nurture, sustain] 2: give nourishment to [syn: nutrify, aliment, nourish]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

49 Moby Thesaurus words for "nourish": abet, advance, aid, aid and abet, aliment, ask for, breast-feed, care for, cherish, coddle, cosset, countenance, cradle, cultivate, dry-nurse, encourage, fatten, fatten up, feed, fondle, force-feed, fortify, foster, give encouragement, harbor, help, invite, keep, keep in countenance, lactate, lavish care on, look after, maintain, mother, nurse, nurture, nutrify, pamper, promote, provide for, spoon-feed, stimulate, strengthen, stuff, suckle, support, sustain, take care of, wet-nurse