nourish

v. t.

  1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.
  2. To support; to maintain.
  3. To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.
  4. To cherish; to comfort.
  5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.

v. i.

  1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
  2. To gain nourishment.

n.

  1. A nurse.