KJV Dictionary Definition: nourish


NOURISH, v.t. G. to nourish, cannot be the same word unless they have lost a dental, which may perhaps be the fact.

1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply a living or organized body, animal or vegetable, with matter which increases its bulk or supplies the waste occasioned by any of its functions; to supply with nutriment.

2. To support; to maintain by feeding. Genesis 47.

Whilst I in Ireland nourish a mighty band, I will stir up in England some black storm.

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

What madness was ti, with such proofs, to nourish their contentions!

4. To cherish; to comfort. James 5.

5. To educate; to instruct; to promote growth in attainments. 1 Timothy 4.


1. To promote growth.

Grains and roots nourish more then leaves. Elliptical.

2. To gain nourishment. Unusual.


NOURISHABLE, a. Susceptible of nourishment; as the nourishable parts of the body.


NOURISHED, pp. Fed; supplied with nutriment; caused to grow.


NOURISHER, n. The person or thing that nourishes.



1. Feeding; supplying with aliment; supporting with food.

2. Promoting growth; nutritious; as a nourishing diet.



1. That which serves to promote the growth of animals or plants, or to repair the waste of animal bodies; food; sustenance; nutriment.

2. Nutrition; support of animal or vegetable bodies.

3. Instruction, or that which promotes growth in attainments; as nourishment and growth in grace.

So they may learn to seek the nourishment of their souls.