verb cher·ish \ˈcher-ish, ˈche-rish\

: to feel or show great love for (someone or something)

: to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way

Full Definition of CHERISH

transitive verb
a :  to hold dear :  feel or show affection for <cherished her friends>
b :  to keep or cultivate with care and affection :  nurture <cherishes his marriage>
:  to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely <still cherishes that memory>
cher·ish·able \-i-shə-bəl\ adjective
cher·ish·er \-i-shər\ noun

Examples of CHERISH

  1. a book cherished by many
  2. I will always cherish that memory.

Origin of CHERISH

Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CHERISH


Next Word in the Dictionary: cherishinglyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: cherimoyaAll Words Near: cherish
May 29, 2015
bodacious Hear it
unmistakable, remarkable, or voluptuous
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears