Definition of nourishment in US English:



  • 1The food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

    ‘tubers from which plants obtain nourishment’
    • ‘Adequate nourishment is critical when attempting any difficult mental and physical work.’
    • ‘As long as we get the nourishment necessary to survive we live, when we don't, we die.’
    • ‘For instance, people demand food because of the nourishment it offers them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much of the research, conducted on soldiers and workers in order to determine the minimum nourishment necessary to maintain health, emphasized models of efficiency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We may value the activity of eating to the degree that it provides nourishment.’
    • ‘Consider how the fruit of the Spirit in its splendid variety provides nourishment for our souls.’
    • ‘They all offer white bread, middle-of-the-road ideas or experiences entirely lacking in intellectual or emotional nourishment.’
    • ‘He breathes without the machine, receives nourishment through the tubes, stares without seeing, and listens without hearing.’
    • ‘Young artists ransacked antique shops and archives to find spiritual nourishment beyond the groundwork that had been laid waste.’
    • ‘Also, he knew he needed bodily nourishment to bring up his declining health.’
    • ‘My feeling is that there is a lack of spiritual nourishment among younger people.’
    • ‘His instincts tell him that is where he will find nourishment.’
    • ‘For spiritual nourishment there were halls of worship filled with statues of the Buddha.’
    • ‘Art was hailed as an inner, ethical necessity, primary nourishment for the soul.’
    • ‘The sturdy roots dug deep into unyielding rocks and drew nourishment from the seemingly sterile soil.’
    • ‘When the spleen is weak, the body will not be able to use the nourishment available in food.’
    • ‘The patient can specify in advance in his living will under what conditions nourishment, hydration or other life support should be withheld.’
    • ‘In this discussion Buddhists draw nourishment and guidance from a centuries-old tradition of Christian meditative prayer and monastic practice.’
    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.
      ‘they suck out the sap and eliminate from it a sweet liquid for the nourishment of their young’
      • ‘Royal patronage in China certainly had an aesthetic edge, so essential to the nourishment of art, even if generated by peculiar foibles.’
      • ‘A fortnight ago, they stopped the nourishment, deliberately.’
      • ‘They maintain the functions of all the organs and are important in the development and nourishment of the body.’
      • ‘Parenting and education are to provide the nourishment and care that allow these potentials to unfold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although food is for nourishment and growth of the body it also plays a key role in our social development.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So the nurse was responsible for the wellbeing of her patients and the nourishment of the doctors' sense of professional self.’
      • ‘This has little to do with true nourishment of body or soul.’
      • ‘I do not think that nourishment of my body should be at the expense of the suffering of another living being.’
      • ‘The mineral composition of the rock as well as the soil affects the nourishment of the vine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Please bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies.’
      • ‘Democracy is a plant that requires long nourishment and does not take root everywhere.’
      • ‘Holistic health care is a perfect technique for the nourishment of mind, body and spirit.’
      • ‘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.’