from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that nourishes; food.
  • n. Something that supports or sustains.
  • transitive v. To supply with sustenance, such as food: required by court order to aliment the abandoned family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Food.
  • n. Nourishment, sustenance.
  • v. To feed, nourish.
  • v. To sustain, support.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which nourishes; food; nutriment; anything which feeds or adds to a substance in natural growth. Hence: The necessaries of life generally: sustenance; means of support.
  • n. An allowance for maintenance.
  • transitive v. To nourish; to support.
  • transitive v. To provide for the maintenance of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with means of sustenance; purvey to; support: generally in a figurative sense: as, to aliment a person's vanity.
  • In Scots law, to maintain or support, as a person unable to support himself: used especially of the support of children by parents, or of parents by children.
  • n. That which nourishes or sustains; food; nutriment; sustenance; support, whether literal or figurative.
  • n. In Scots law, the sum paid for support to any one entitled to claim it, as the dole given to a pauper by his parish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give nourishment to
  • n. a source of materials to nourish the body


Middle English, from Latin alimentum, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French aliment, and its source, Latin alimentum ("food"). (Wiktionary)


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