English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'nourish'

(verb) 
Definition
to provide with the food necessary for life and growth
The food the mother eats nourishes both her and her baby.
Synonyms
feed
Feeding a hungry family is expensive.
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sustain
not enough food to sustain a mouse
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(verb) 
Definition
to encourage or foster (an idea or feeling)
This attitude has been carefully nourished by a small group of journalists and scholars.
Synonyms
encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
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support
I have children to support, and a home to be maintained.
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maintain
the basic costs of maintaining a child
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promote
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
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sustain
He has sustained his fierce social conscience.
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foster
They are keen to foster trading links with the West.
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cultivate
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
(verb) 
They continued to nourish hopes of victory.
Synonyms
cherish
She cherished an ambition to be an actor.
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have
I want to have my own business.
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hold
She has never held a ministerial post.
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entertain
I wouldn't entertain the idea of doing such a job.
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harbour
He harboured a grudge against his superior.
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cling to
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nurse
He nursed an ambition to lead his own orchestra.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of cultivate
Definition
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to it
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
in the sense of entertain
Definition
to consider (an idea or suggestion)
I wouldn't entertain the idea of doing such a job.
Synonyms
think about,
conceive of,
bear in mind,
keep in mind,
think over,
muse over,
give thought to,
cogitate on,
allow yourself to consider,
NtRtain
in the sense of foster
Definition
to promote the growth or development of
They are keen to foster trading links with the West.

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