(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").