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[nur-i-shing, nuhr-] /ˈnɜr ɪ ʃɪŋ, ˈnʌr-/
promoting or sustaining life, growth, or strength:
a nourishing diet.
Origin of nourishing
1350-1400; Middle English (gerund); see nourish, -ing2
Related forms
nourishingly, adverb
nonnourishing, adjective
overnourishingly, adverb
self-nourishing, adjective
unnourishing, adjective


[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.
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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Examples from the web for nourishing
  • For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.
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  • However, getting people to care, and nourishing the concern of the many of us who already do care is also necessary.
  • But if the object was not nourishing, it was speedily released.
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  • Root vegetables may not have the allure of summer produce, but they can be used a variety of nourishing winter dishes.
  • Aside from the liver, there is little as nourishing to a dog as the attention of his owner.
  • After much study and many tests, she has formulated her own recipes to create nourishing, moisturizing and luxurious products.
British Dictionary definitions for nourishing


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 nourishing

late 14c., past participle adjective from nourish (v.).



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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nourishing 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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