nour|ish|ment [ˈnʌrıʃmənt US ˈnə:-, ˈnʌ-] n [U] formal
1.) the food and other substances that people and other living things need to live, grow, and stay healthy
lack of proper nourishment
The soil provides nourishment for plant roots.
2.) something that helps a feeling, idea, or belief to grow stronger
emotional/intellectual/spiritual nourishment
a child starved for emotional nourishment

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