Nourish vs Vivify - What's the difference?

nourish | vivify |


As verbs the difference between nourish and vivify

is that nourish is to feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment while vivify is to bring to life.

As a noun nourish

is (obsolete) a nurse.

nourish

English

Noun

(es)
  • (obsolete) A nurse.
  • Verb

    (es)
  • To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.
  • * Bible, Is. xliv. 14
  • He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
  • To support; to maintain.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I in Ireland nourish a mighty band.
  • To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.
  • To cherish; to comfort.
  • * Bible, James v. 5
  • Ye have nourished your hearts.
  • To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments.
  • * Bible, 1 Timothy iv. 6
  • Nourished up in the words of faith.
    (Chaucer)
  • To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.
  • (obsolete) To gain nourishment.
  • (Francis Bacon)

    Derived terms

    * nourishment

    vivify

    English

    Verb

  • To bring to life.
  • To impart vitality.