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 for nourish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nourish \Nour"ish\, v. i.
     1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
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              Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     2. To gain nourishment. [R.] --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nourish \Nour"ish\ (n[u^]r"[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Nourished (n[u^]r"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Nourishing.]
     [OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir, nurrir, norir, F.
     nourrir, fr. L. nutrire. Cf. Nurse, Nutriment, and see
     -ish.]
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     1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which
        increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to
        furnish with nutriment.
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              He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
                                                    --Is. xliv.
                                                    14.
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     2. To support; to maintain.
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              Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band. --Shak.
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     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." --Hooker.
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     4. To cherish; to comfort.
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              Ye have nourished your hearts.        --James v. 5.
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     5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to
        promote the growth of in attainments. --Chaucer.
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              Nourished up in the words of faith.   --1 Tim. iv.
                                                    6.
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     Syn: To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nourish \Nour"ish\, n.
     A nurse. [Obs.] --Hoolland.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nourish
      v 1: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread
           and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young
           children" [syn: nourish, nurture, sustain]
      2: give nourishment to [syn: nutrify, aliment, nourish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "nourish":
     abet, advance, aid, aid and abet, aliment, ask for, breast-feed,
     care for, cherish, coddle, cosset, countenance, cradle, cultivate,
     dry-nurse, encourage, fatten, fatten up, feed, fondle, force-feed,
     fortify, foster, give encouragement, harbor, help, invite, keep,
     keep in countenance, lactate, lavish care on, look after, maintain,
     mother, nurse, nurture, nutrify, pamper, promote, provide for,
     spoon-feed, stimulate, strengthen, stuff, suckle, support, sustain,
     take care of, wet-nurse
  
  

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