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[nur-ish, nuhr-] /ˈnɜr ɪʃ, ˈnʌr-/
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.
Origin of nourish
1250-1300; Middle English norisshe < Old French noriss-, long stem of norir < Latin nūtrīre to feed; see nurse, -ish2
Related forms
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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Historical Examples
  • Finally her son, Ra Helios, appears as the last of the series in the character of father and nourisher of terrestrial things.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • She was the source of abundance and the nourisher of gods and men.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • The palm branch is merely another form of the fern or fish-bone, and the word palm is radically alma, the all nourisher.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • The sun was the symbol of Ra, the sun-god, the father and nourisher of terrestrial things.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The true home is the inspirer and nourisher of all that is best in life—in our American life; but men must learn the new lesson.

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • The father, especially if he is the nourisher, does not take note of the offence of his boy.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
British Dictionary definitions for nourisher


verb (transitive)
to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); foster: to nourish resentment
Derived Forms
nourisher, noun
nourishing, adjective
nourishingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French norir, from Latin nūtrīre to feed, care for
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Word Origin and History for nourisher



late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from Old French norriss-, stem of norrir "raise, bring up, nurture, foster; maintain, provide for" (12c., Modern French nourrir), from Latin nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), literally "she who gives suck," from PIE *nu- (from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle;" see nutriment) + fem. agent suffix. Related: Nourished; nourishing.

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nourisher in Medicine

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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