nourish

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French nouriss-, stem of one of the conjugated forms of norrir, from Latin nutrire (to suckle, feed, foster, nourish, cherish, preserve, support).

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nourish (plural nourishes)

  1. (obsolete) A nurse.

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nourish (third-person singular simple present nourishes, present participle nourishing, simple past and past participle nourished)

  1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.
    • Bible, Is. xliv. 14
      He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
  2. To support; to maintain.
    • Shakespeare
      I in Ireland nourish a mighty band.
  3. To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.
  4. To cherish; to comfort.
    • Bible, James v. 5
      Ye have nourished your hearts.
  5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.
    • Bible, 1 Timothy iv. 6
      Nourished up in the words of faith.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  6. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
  7. (intransitive, obsolete) To gain nourishment.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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