Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for nourish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Middle English norischen, from Old French nouriss-, stem of one of the conjugated forms of norrir, from Latin nutrire (“to suckle, feed, foster, nourish, cherish, preserve, support”).
nourish (plural nourishes)
- (obsolete) A nurse.
nourish (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.
1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
I in Ireland nourish a mighty band.
- To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster
- to nourish rebellion
- to nourish virtues
- To cherish; to comfort.
- To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
- To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To gain nourishment.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
to feed and cause to grow
To supply the means of support; to encourage; to foster
To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture