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nourish

nour·ish

nourish

 
pronunciation:
nuh rihsh
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nourished, nourishes, nourishing
definition 1: to supply with food or other essential nutriments.
Mammals nourish their young with milk.Rain nourishes the plants.
synonyms:
feed, sustain
similar words:
breast-feed, nurse, suckle
definition 2: to maintain, support, or provide for; nurture.
Poor families struggled to nourish their children.
synonyms:
foster, nurture, provide for, support
similar words:
care for, cherish, cultivate, feed, maintain, suckle
definition 3: to encourage the growth or development of; strengthen; promote.
Their business relationship was nourished by this joint project.
synonyms:
cultivate, foster, further, promote, strengthen
similar words:
encourage, feed, forward, support, sustain
derivations: nourishingly (adv.), nourisher (n.)
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