Definition of nourishment in English:



mass noun
  • 1The food necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

    ‘tubers from which plants obtain nourishment’
    figurative ‘she was starved of emotional nourishment’
    • ‘Young artists ransacked antique shops and archives to find spiritual nourishment beyond the groundwork that had been laid waste.’
    • ‘The patient can specify in advance in his living will under what conditions nourishment, hydration or other life support should be withheld.’
    • ‘Consider how the fruit of the Spirit in its splendid variety provides nourishment for our souls.’
    • ‘The sturdy roots dug deep into unyielding rocks and drew nourishment from the seemingly sterile soil.’
    • ‘In this discussion Buddhists draw nourishment and guidance from a centuries-old tradition of Christian meditative prayer and monastic practice.’
    • ‘He breathes without the machine, receives nourishment through the tubes, stares without seeing, and listens without hearing.’
    • ‘Much of the research, conducted on soldiers and workers in order to determine the minimum nourishment necessary to maintain health, emphasized models of efficiency.’
    • ‘We may value the activity of eating to the degree that it provides nourishment.’
    • ‘As long as we get the nourishment necessary to survive we live, when we don't, we die.’
    • ‘Adequate nourishment is critical when attempting any difficult mental and physical work.’
    • ‘Also, he knew he needed bodily nourishment to bring up his declining health.’
    • ‘Since you, the parent is the baby's primary source of physical and emotional nourishment, your well being can contribute to the presence or absence of colic.’
    • ‘Art was hailed as an inner, ethical necessity, primary nourishment for the soul.’
    • ‘When the spleen is weak, the body will not be able to use the nourishment available in food.’
    • ‘They all offer white bread, middle-of-the-road ideas or experiences entirely lacking in intellectual or emotional nourishment.’
    • ‘If this congestion is not cleared up quickly, the blood will clot and arteries that bring the tissues their necessary nourishment will become plugged and the tissues will die.’
    • ‘For instance, people demand food because of the nourishment it offers them.’
    • ‘My feeling is that there is a lack of spiritual nourishment among younger people.’
    • ‘For spiritual nourishment there were halls of worship filled with statues of the Buddha.’
    • ‘His instincts tell him that is where he will find nourishment.’
    food, nutriment, nutrition, fare, diet, daily bread, provisions, rations, means of keeping body and soul together
    food, sustenance, nutriment, nutrition, subsistence, provisions, fare, daily bread
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    1. 1.1 The action of nourishing someone or something.
      ‘the nourishment of our bodies and of our minds’
      • ‘I do not think that nourishment of my body should be at the expense of the suffering of another living being.’
      • ‘Holistic health care is a perfect technique for the nourishment of mind, body and spirit.’
      • ‘Although food is for nourishment and growth of the body it also plays a key role in our social development.’
      • ‘A fortnight ago, they stopped the nourishment, deliberately.’
      • ‘The mineral composition of the rock as well as the soil affects the nourishment of the vine.’
      • ‘Parenting and education are to provide the nourishment and care that allow these potentials to unfold.’
      • ‘Please bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies.’
      • ‘The link between a specific shoot and a specific root is not clear, but each has a part to play in the overall growth and nourishment of the plant.’
      • ‘They maintain the functions of all the organs and are important in the development and nourishment of the body.’
      • ‘This has little to do with true nourishment of body or soul.’
      • ‘They have been forced for over fifty years to stay in the camps, being fed diets of hate instead of the nourishment of hope and peace which is their right.’
      • ‘Designing ways to protect valuable creative works is very much in the long-term best interests of consumers and indispensable to the nourishment of our nation's economy.’
      • ‘Democracy is a plant that requires long nourishment and does not take root everywhere.’
      • ‘So the nurse was responsible for the wellbeing of her patients and the nourishment of the doctors' sense of professional self.’
      • ‘All members of the neighbourhood watch share the responsibility of being on the lookout for suspicious characters and all members contribute towards the nourishment of the guards on the night shifts.’
      • ‘The tree extends its roots deep within the soil to draw the finest and the richest minerals and elements for its nourishment and growth irrespective of the type of soil.’
      • ‘It is land set aside for the king's game, in which the nourishment of deer, wild swine and hares took precedence over the nourishment of human beings.’
      • ‘It is unfortunate that art, culture, and religion conspire to convince us that food serves only two functions: nourishment and social cohesion.’
      • ‘Royal patronage in China certainly had an aesthetic edge, so essential to the nourishment of art, even if generated by peculiar foibles.’
      • ‘Children have also become more sedentary, frequently relying on junk food for nourishment, all of which adds to the growing epidemic of obesity in the United States.’