English [ edit ]
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing. (See the entry for nourish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from norischen Old French nouriss-, stem of one of the conjugated forms of , from norrir Latin nutrire ( “ to suckle, feed, foster, nourish, cherish, preserve, support ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
nourish ( plural )
( obsolete ) A nurse.
nourish ( third-person singular simple present , nourishes present participle , nourishing simple past and past participle )
feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.
support; to maintain.
1591, William Shakespeare, “ The Second Part of Henry the Sixt,”, in [ … ] Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 I in Ireland nourish a mighty band. To supply the means of support and increase to; to
encourage; to foster
to nourish rebellion to nourish virtues To
cherish; to comfort.
educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?) To promote growth; to furnish
nutriment. ( intransitive , obsolete ) To gain nourishment.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
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Translations [ edit ]
to feed and cause to grow
To supply the means of support; to encourage; to foster
To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture
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