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- (Received Pronunciation, NYC, other accents without the "Hurry-furry" merger) IPA(key): /ˈnʌɹ.ɪʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnʌɹ.ɪʃ/, /ˈnɝ.ɪʃ/
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nourish (plural nourishes)
- (transitive) To feed and cause to grow; to supply with food or other matter which increases weight and promotes health.
- 1623, Francis Bacon, Historia Vitae et Mortis
- other carnivorous Animals are difficultly nourished by Plants alone
- 1872, Thomas Bull, The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Diseases:
- Children nourished exclusively upon this simple food will be found to enjoy more perfect health
- 1996, Alexander Frank Skutch, Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin: A Natural History:
- we have ample evidence that male Bobolinks do not shirk the labor of nourishing their families. In a four-year study, Wittenberger (1980, 1982) found that males delivered about 60 Bobolink percent of the food.
- (transitive) To support; to maintain; to be responsible for.
- 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: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- I in Ireland nourish a mighty band.
- (transitive) To encourage; to foster; to stimulate
- 2003, Marilyn Byfield Paul, It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys:
- When we slow down to pay attention to our own experience, we open ourselves to the love and richness that is here all the time. These are moments that can nourish your connection to your heart.
- 2010, Colin L. Powell, My American Journey:
- I thanked the Fort Leavenworth military historian, Colonel von Schlemmer, for nourishing my first hope to memorialize the Buffalo Soldiers
- to nourish civility
- to nourish a sense of self-worth
- (transitive)To cherish; to comfort.
- (transitive, of a person) To educate or bring up; to nurture; to promote emotional, spiritual or other non-physical growth.
- (intransitive) To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
- This type of nourishes very well.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To gain nourishment.
- nourish a viper in one's bosom
to feed and cause to grow
To support; to maintain.
To supply the means of support; to encourage; to foster
To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture
To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
To gain nourishment.