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Meaning of NOURISH

Pronunciation:  'nurish

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

NOURISH is a 7 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: aliment, nurture, nutrify, sustain
 See Also: carry, cater, feed, give, ply, provide, supply



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
    Syn: To cherish; feed; supply. See {Nurture}.
  2. \Nour"ish\, v. i.
    1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
             Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves.
    2. To gain nourishment. [R.] --Bacon.
  3. \Nour"ish\, n.
    A nurse. [Obs.] --Hoolland.
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