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nour·ish·ment / ˈnərishmənt; ˈnə-rish-/ • n. the substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition: tubers from which plants obtain nourishment. ∎  food: they often go days with little or no nourishment. ∎  the action of nourishing someone or something: they suck out the sap and eliminate from it a sweet liquid for the nourishment of their young.