Nour"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nourished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Nourishing.] [OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir, nurrir, norir, F. norrir, fr. L. nutrire. Cf. Nurse, Nutriment, and see -ish.]

1.

To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.

He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Is. xliv. 14.

2.

To support; to maintain.

Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band. Shak.

3.

To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.

"Nourish their contentions."

Hooker.

4.

To cherish; to comfort.

Ye have nourished your hearts. James v. 5.

5.

To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.

Chaucer.

Nourished up in the words of faith. 1 Tim. iv. 6.

Syn. -- To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture.

 

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Nour"ish, v. i.

1.

To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.

Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves. Bacon.

2.

To gain nourishment.

[R.]

Bacon.

 

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Nour"ish, n.

A nurse.

[Obs.]

Hoolland.

 

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