Definition of nourish in English:



[with object]
  • 1Provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

    ‘I was doing everything I could to nourish and protect the baby’
    figurative ‘spiritual resources which nourished her in her darkest hours’
    • ‘The chef aims to please and nourish the body as the composer feeds the soul.’
    • ‘Many of these contain antioxidants - substances that protect and nourish brain cells.’
    • ‘Look at American Ginseng; it nourishes the yin and benefits the qi.’
    • ‘Some days I am almost housebound: the foods that nourished me all summer, have turned suddenly into poison.’
    • ‘If you go for a long time without nourishing your body with food, when you do eat you may eat a lot simply because your body is crying out to end the starvation mode that it's in.’
    • ‘Typically, young women who are adequately nourished are fertile.’
    • ‘He was a vegetarian who never had a vigorous appetite, which further complicated his ability to adequately nourish himself.’
    • ‘Drink lots of water, layer your clothing and stay properly nourished.’
    • ‘The excess fat transforms into interior heat, accumulates and impairs yin fluid, and thereby prevents food essence from nourishing the muscles, skin, lungs and stomach.’
    • ‘Children in the West do not die of measles when they are well nourished.’
    • ‘A full adult order at breakfast contained enough food to nourish three people for several days.’
    • ‘Spiritual consciousness is best sustained when the body is nourished with wholesome foods, obtained without harm to animals or the environment’
    • ‘In hot and dry summer days, people should avoid greasy and hot food and take more light and cool food to nourish the body's vital essence.’
    • ‘And in a twist of devastating irony, Mother Joe suffers from diabetes; the very food that nourishes her spirit is destroying her body.’
    • ‘How many of us consider that nourishing our skin is just as important as proper nutrition?’
    • ‘Without treatment, it can be fatal, especially in children who are poorly nourished.’
    • ‘Seeds also nourish kidney yin and are especially helpful with hormonal imbalances.’
    • ‘Despite their extreme age they were clearly alert, tidy and reasonably well nourished.’
    • ‘Now that the body has been tended, it's time to nourish the soul.’
    • ‘The right foods nourish, protect, and energize your body, and keep your digestion and metabolism youthful.’
    feed, provide for, sustain, maintain
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    1. 1.1 Enhance the fertility of (soil)
      ‘a clay base nourished with plant detritus’
      • ‘Organic care nourishes the soil for a lawn that's naturally luxuriant, disease-resistant and pest-free.’
      • ‘Loggers have removed hundreds of tiny trees and left the litter in rough piles to nourish the soil and provide wildlife habitat.’
      • ‘Generally speaking, a well-nodulated crop helps save on synthetic fertilizer costs and nourishes soils at rates less likely to affect groundwater, Hunter notes.’
      • ‘The Sichuan province, also called Szechuan or Szechwan, is in South-west China, a fertile basin nourished by great rivers.’
      • ‘The soil is nourished with herbivore manure from Edinburgh Zoo, and liberally sprinkled with fresh rainwater.’
      • ‘Though the earth is inert soil, if you plant and nourish it properly, it explodes with a plethora of vegetation capable of sustaining ever-increasing amounts of life.’
      • ‘After blooms fade, cut flower stalks close to the ground, leaving healthy green leaves in place to nourish next year's growth.’
      • ‘But the drops of the blood of Agdistis nourish the soil and it bears a blooming and fragrant tree.’
      • ‘These would be returned to the earth to nourish the soil and give thanks for the bounty.’
      • ‘Instead of being cut and sold, the cover crops are plowed under to nourish the soil.’
      • ‘Death brings death, and if old bones nourish and renew the soil, it's little comfort to the deceased.’
      • ‘The mulch is left on-site to control erosion until it degrades and helps nourish the soil, eliminating any hauling costs.’
      • ‘A tree is a natural example, since its fallen leaves and blooms nourish the soil around it.’
      • ‘Turkey's fertile land, forever nourished by the waters of the Mediterranean, has produced an abundance of flora and fauna and has subsequently developed a rich variety of national dishes.’
      • ‘A forest not only protects the soil, inter-alia, it also nourishes it and thus both remain alive.’
      • ‘It was there that he saw how extensively elephant dung was used as agricultural fertilizer to nourish the otherwise barren land.’
      • ‘The crops protect and nourish the soil and have led to a 300% increase in the coconut harvest.’
      • ‘The methods discussed work in harmony with nature's cycles, preserve and enrich the earth's nutrients, and nourish the soil for future crops.’
  • 2Keep (a feeling or belief) in one's mind, typically for a long time.

    ‘he has long nourished an ambition to bring the show to Broadway’
    • ‘These superstitions were nourished by ecclesiastical institutions, for which the poet had meager respect.’
    • ‘Her mother was a distant figure, and throughout her childhood Jane nourished a desperate love for her that she felt was unrequited.’
    • ‘As a passionate admirer of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky he had in any case long nourished an admiration for Russia.’
    • ‘He nourished the illusions, until he was ready to strip away the pretence and unleash the panzers.’
    • ‘Neither he nor his fellows could nourish any of the ambitions of the physical, fashionable D' Annunzio and his followers.’
    • ‘‘Not to recognize this was a threat to the United States seemed to me to be nourishing illusions,’ he says.’
    • ‘God is only a word bandied about by the pseudo-intellectual, an illusion nourished by the ignorant, a luxury cultivated by the rich and the famous and an excuse used by the shirker.’
    • ‘The illusion was nourished that Britain, for all its acknowledged economic weakness and technical backwardness, could still, through its cultural attainments, play Greece to America's Rome.’
    • ‘Through self-deceptive language we nourish the illusion that death is a matter of choice, and therefore somehow meaningful.’
    • ‘As this cycle perpetuates itself in round after round of retaliation, and as anger and hatred are nourished, children are beginning to forget that life was ever any different.’
    • ‘The critics also like to nourish the illusion that they are guiding public taste, leading it to undreamed-of modernist heights.’
    • ‘During Easter Sunday Mass, a prayer, read in German, expressed hope that ‘soldiers, on all fronts, nourish in their mind and heart thoughts of peace and not of vendetta’.’
    • ‘During the end of the 1990s and early 2000s scientists nourished great hopes that adult stem cells would be able to develop into all sorts of cells.’
    • ‘He has long nourished a special contempt for the country he sees as a lone outpost of Western ideals in the Middle East.’
    • ‘The more we nourish widespread ambition, the less we have to fear the overweening power of mild despotism.’
    • ‘We can nourish no illusions that a call to the banner of human rights will bring sudden transformations in authoritarian societies.’
    • ‘Now that John Walker has unearthed his roots, and considered the beliefs they nourish, is he someone who half-believes, wants to believe or believes in the realm of the little people?’
    • ‘They also nourished hopes of using the thousand or so of their servicemen who had joined the British evacuation from Greece to Egypt as the nucleus of an army to be raised among Yugoslav emigrants in the Americas.’
    • ‘Supporters are beginning to nourish the hope that the 6-2 game may have been an aberration rather than a true reflection of their new defender's ability.’
    cherish, nurture, foster, harbour, nurse, keep in one's mind, entertain, maintain, sustain, hold, have
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Middle English: from Old French noriss-, lengthened stem of norir, from Latin nutrire ‘feed, cherish’.