[nur-ish, nuhr-]
verb (used with object)
to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.
to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one's community.

1250–1300; Middle English norisshe < Old French noriss-, long stem of norir < Latin nūtrīre to feed; see nurse, -ish2

nourishable, adjective
nourisher, noun
overnourish, verb (used with object)
renourish, verb (used with object)
self-nourished, adjective
unnourishable, adjective
unnourished, adjective
well-nourished, adjective

1. See nurse. 3. encourage, help, aid, back, advance.

3. discourage. Unabridged
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nourish (ˈnʌrɪʃ)
1.  to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
2.  to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); foster: to nourish resentment
[C14: from Old French norir, from Latin nūtrīre to feed, care for]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from O.Fr. norriss-, stem of norrir (Fr. nourir), from L. nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), lit. "she who gives suck," from PIE base *(s)nu- "flow, let flow," hence "to suckle"
(cf. Skt. snauti "she drips, gives milk," Gk. nao "I flow").
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Medical Dictionary

nourish nour·ish (nûr'ĭsh, nŭr'-)
v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.

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Example sentences
Easy guidelines for keeping a well-nourished lawn.
Could be that many of the smaller teeth were also from less well-nourished males.
In the past the figure was lower, because not everybody was well-nourished enough for their genes to express themselves properly.
Not only were our gardens planted and nourished during spring and summer, so
  were our friendships and connections.
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