A tiny kitten being nourished.
- Nourish is defined as to feed or develop.
An example of nourish is to provide food, drink and daily care to a kitten.
- to feed or sustain (any plant or animal) with substances necessary to life and growth
- to foster; develop; promote (a feeling, attitude, habit, etc.)
Origin of nourishMiddle English norischen ; from Old French extended stem of norrir ; from Classical Latin nutrire: see nurse
transitive verbnour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
- To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.
- To foster the development of; promote: “Athens was an imperial city, nourished by the tribute of subjects” (V. Gordon Childe).
- To keep alive; maintain: nourish a hope.
Origin of nourishMiddle English norishen, from Old French norrir, norriss-, from Vulgar Latin *nutrīre, from Latin nūtrīre; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
- (obsolete) A nurse.
(third-person singular simple present nourishes, present participle nourishing, simple past and past participle nourished)
- To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.
- To support; to maintain.
- To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.
- To cherish; to comfort.
- To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.
- To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
From Middle English, from Old French nouriss-, stem of one of the conjugated forms of norrir, from Latin nutrire (“to suckle, feed, foster, nourish, cherish, preserve, support").