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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.
An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration.
Shakespeare was right: Sleep is 'the chief nourisher in life's feast'1
If hope is the nourisher and sustainer of faith, what form should hope take in the lives of Christians and the church?
Says Guru Gobind Singh: Recognise all mankind, whether Hindu or Muslim, as one: The same Lord is the Creator and Nourisher of all; Recognise no distinctions among them.
Other special speakers at last Wednesday's event included Hamad Al Saad, founder of The Nourisher and holistic health and food psychology coach, Fajar Al Bin Ali, who picked up a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Federation President Cup Championship in Morocco and artist Fares Ahmadi who gave tips about how to conquer the illusory difficulties that people sometimes face with exercise.
Each and every system of life is conscious of its Sustainer; its Rab; its Nourisher.
The "mother of all multitaskers," the Organic Coconut Melt ($38) can be used as a full body moisturizer, deep conditioning hair mask, makeup remover, bath booster, shaving oil, hand treatment and nail nourisher, lip balm, under-eye rescuer, scar soother, massage oil, belly and baby balm, or any other use for the hair, face, and body.
Macbeth does murder sleep"--the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care, 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-- Lady: What do you mean?
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. Her friend Deborah, who appears in the guise of a grizzly she-bear, is her constant source of strength and wisdom.

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