Nour·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nourished p. pr. & vb. n. Nourishing.]
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.”
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.
Nourished up in the words of faith. --1 Tim. iv. 6.
Syn: -- To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture.
adj 1: being provided with adequate nourishment [ant: malnourished]
2: encouraged or promoted in growth or development; "dreams of
liberty nourished by the blood of patriots cannot easily
be given up" [syn: fostered]