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Definition of nourish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nourish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nourish
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it nourishes
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple nourished
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃt//
     
    past participle nourished
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃt//
     
    -ing form nourishing
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌrɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrɪʃɪŋ//
     
    Healthy eating habits
     
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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 See related entries: Healthy eating habits
  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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French noriss-, lengthened stem of norir, from Latin nutrire ‘feed, cherish’.
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