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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that nourishes; food.
  • noun Something that supports or sustains.
  • transitive verb To supply with sustenance, such as food.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun That which nourishes or sustains; food; nutriment; sustenance; support, whether literal or figurative.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Scot. An allowance for maintenance.
  • transitive verb To nourish; to support.
  • transitive verb Scot. To provide for the maintenance of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Food.
  • noun figuratively Nourishment, sustenance.
  • verb obsolete To feed, nourish.
  • verb To sustain, support.

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

  • verb give nourishment to
  • noun a source of materials to nourish the body

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin alimentum, from alere, to nourish; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French aliment, and its source, Latin alimentum ("food").

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