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Definition of nourish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nourish
    he / she / it nourishes
    past simple nourished
    -ing form nourishing
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  1. 1nourish somebody/something to keep a person, an animal, or a plant alive and healthy with food, etc. All the children were well nourished and in good physical condition. Most plants are nourished by water drawn up through their roots. a lotion containing almond extract to nourish and revitalize the skin
  2. 2nourish something (formal) to allow a feeling, an idea, etc. to develop or grow stronger By investing in education, we nourish the talents of our children. There were hopes that the talks would nourish the fragile growth of good relations between the two countries.
adjective nourishing food
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