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tr.v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.
2. To foster the development of; promote: "Athens was an imperial city, nourished by the tribute of subjects" (V. Gordon Childe).
3. To keep alive; maintain: nourish a hope.

[Middle English norishen, from Old French norrir, norriss-, from Vulgar Latin *nutrīre, from Latin nūtrīre; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

nour′ish·er n.
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Heav'nly stranger, please to taste These bounties which our Nourisher, from whom All perfet good unmeasur'd out, descends, To us for food and for delight hath caus'd The Earth to yeild; unsavourie food perhaps To spiritual Natures; only this I know, That one Celestial Father gives to all.
The sons, in short square-skirted coats, with rows of stupendous brass buttons, and their hair generally queued in the fashion of the times, especially if they could procure an eelskin for the purpose, it being esteemed throughout the country as a potent nourisher and strengthener of the hair.
Indian 'Vedas' have since thousands of years considered sun as at soul of the universe and a nourisher of life.
Yet she feels trapped in the traditional female role of physical and emotional nourisher.
Thus the Nourisher does not propose to inquire into the profound reasons for God's project to create man in a kind of dual condition; this inquiry exceeds the powers of human understanding and would smack of arrogance and presumption.
Within this post-Easter encounter, often called the rehabilitation of Peter, Jesus assured Peter of his love and forgiveness as well as his position as nourisher of Jesus' lambs.
It really caters to the 'Natural Nourisher,' as far as getting the right thing into her body, the way she wants to shop for herself," he said, "and there's really fun flavors that allow her to extend beyond the typical flavors you see in our category.
By doing so, Kelly reproduces the ideologically recognized mother subject positions: a biological container for the fetus, the primal nourisher, the archetypal care-taker, a stay-at-home comfort provider, and others.
Worship and obedience should be offered to Him alone because He and no one else is our Lord and Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer, and the Dispenser of life and death.
Take an ingredient such as aloe, which is a soother, and nourisher, and a healer.
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast.
The inspector felt that although most of Neath workhouse's younger children were able to read, they wasted many hours in "listless vacuity", which he felt was the "readiest nourisher of vicious thought and habits".

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