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1. Something that nourishes; food.
2. Something that supports or sustains.
tr.v. (-mĕnt′) al·i·ment·ed, al·i·ment·ing, al·i·ments
To supply with sustenance, such as food: required by court order to aliment the abandoned family.

[Middle English, from Latin alimentum, from alere, to nourish; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′i·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
al′i·men′tal·ly adv.


1. something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
2. (Law) Scots law another term for alimony
(tr) obsolete to support or sustain
[C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish]
ˌaliˈmental adj


(n. ˈæl ə mənt; v. ˈæl əˌmɛnt)

1. that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
2. that which sustains; means of support.
3. to nourish or sustain; support.
[1470–80; < Latin alimentum, derivative of alere to feed]
al`i•men′tal, adj.
al`i•men′tal•ly, adv.


Past participle: alimented
Gerund: alimenting

I aliment
you aliment
he/she/it aliments
we aliment
you aliment
they aliment
I alimented
you alimented
he/she/it alimented
we alimented
you alimented
they alimented
Present Continuous
I am alimenting
you are alimenting
he/she/it is alimenting
we are alimenting
you are alimenting
they are alimenting
Present Perfect
I have alimented
you have alimented
he/she/it has alimented
we have alimented
you have alimented
they have alimented
Past Continuous
I was alimenting
you were alimenting
he/she/it was alimenting
we were alimenting
you were alimenting
they were alimenting
Past Perfect
I had alimented
you had alimented
he/she/it had alimented
we had alimented
you had alimented
they had alimented
I will aliment
you will aliment
he/she/it will aliment
we will aliment
you will aliment
they will aliment
Future Perfect
I will have alimented
you will have alimented
he/she/it will have alimented
we will have alimented
you will have alimented
they will have alimented
Future Continuous
I will be alimenting
you will be alimenting
he/she/it will be alimenting
we will be alimenting
you will be alimenting
they will be alimenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alimenting
you have been alimenting
he/she/it has been alimenting
we have been alimenting
you have been alimenting
they have been alimenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alimenting
you will have been alimenting
he/she/it will have been alimenting
we will have been alimenting
you will have been alimenting
they will have been alimenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alimenting
you had been alimenting
he/she/it had been alimenting
we had been alimenting
you had been alimenting
they had been alimenting
I would aliment
you would aliment
he/she/it would aliment
we would aliment
you would aliment
they would aliment
Past Conditional
I would have alimented
you would have alimented
he/she/it would have alimented
we would have alimented
you would have alimented
they would have alimented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aliment - a source of materials to nourish the bodyaliment - a source of materials to nourish the body
food, nutrient - any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
milk - produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
course - part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
dainty, goody, kickshaw, treat, delicacy - something considered choice to eat
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
fast food - inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
finger food - food to be eaten with the fingers
ingesta - solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth
kosher - food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
mess - soft semiliquid food; "a mess of porridge"
mince - food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
puree - food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender
stodge - heavy and filling (and usually starchy) food
wheat germ - embryo of the wheat kernel; removed before milling and eaten as a source of vitamins
vitamin - any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism
Verb1.aliment - give nourishment toaliment - give nourishment to      
feed, give - give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"


2. That which sustains the mind or spirit:
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to proceed further and seek other aliments for the insatiable activity of his intelligence.
These different aliments appeared to me to be rich in phosphorus, and I thought they must have a marine origin.
Very likely," says the doctor: "I have known people eat in a fever; and it is very easily accounted for; because the acidity occasioned by the febrile matter may stimulate the nerves of the diaphragm, and thereby occasion a craving which will not be easily distinguishable from a natural appetite; but the aliment will not be concreted, nor assimilated into chyle, and so will corrode the vascular orifices, and thus will aggravate the febrific symptoms.
We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mental aliment.
Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires.
In the Propontis, as far as I can learn, none of that peculiar substance called brit is to be found, the aliment of the right whale.
The subjoined jeu d'esprit with the preceding heading in magnificent capitals, well interspersed with notes of admiration, was originally published, as matter of fact, in the "New York Sun," a daily newspaper, and therein fully subserved the purpose of creating indigestible aliment for the quidnuncs during the few hours intervening between a couple of the Charleston mails.
The higher intellect, the imagination, the spirit, and even the heart might all find their congenial aliment in pursuits which, as some of their ardent votaries believed, would ascend from one step of powerful intelligence to another, until the philosopher should lay his hand on the secret of creative force and perhaps make new worlds for himself.
As the fire gained strength and heat, it began to spread on three sides, dying of itself on the fourth, for want of aliment.
Les ventes du secteur de la restauration ont connu une hausse de 5,8% en 2004, selon la National Restaurant Association ; cela signifie un volume dollar d'environ 55 milliards de dollars pour les aliments surgeles.
D'ailleurs, le concombre connu pour sa richesse en eau est l'un des aliments les moins caloriques.
A l'approche du mois de Ramadhan, les prix ont repris, comme attendu, l'ascenseur et ni les assurances de l'Onab (Office national des aliments de betail) ni celles du ministere de l'Agriculture n'arrivent a convaincre les consommateurs qui savent que les bouchers n'obeissent qu'a leur loi qui consiste a deplumer au maximum les citoyens a l'oree et durant le mois sacre.