cher·​ish | \ ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-rish \
cherished; cherishing; cherishes

Definition of cherish

transitive verb

1a : to hold dear : feel or show affection for cherished her friends
b : to keep or cultivate with care and affection : nurture cherishes his marriage
2 : to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely still cherishes that memory

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Other Words from cherish

cherishable \ ˈcher-​i-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-​ri-​ \ adjective
cherisher \ ˈcher-​i-​shər How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-​ri-​ \ noun

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appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence. appreciates fine wine value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth. values our friendship prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses. Americans prize their freedom treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious. a treasured memento cherish implies a special love and care for something. cherishes her children above all

Examples of cherish in a Sentence

a book cherished by many I will always cherish that memory.
Recent Examples on the Web Eight years to the day after Till's death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for a new birth of American freedom that would cherish Black life as much as White. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, "What the haunting connection between George Floyd and Daunte Wright reveals," 16 Apr. 2021 Her advice has been to cherish this week’s opportunity, one few athletes get to experience. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Women's Final Four marked by mix of fresh and familiar," 1 Apr. 2021 Creating family, being deprived of family, leaning on family, learning to cherish family. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford's guaranteed win at NCAA Tournament final: First family hugs in months," 3 Apr. 2021 From mother-daughter quotes to sentiments your grandma will cherish, these messages are perfect for any motherly figure in your life. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "30 Best Mother's Day Card Messages To Make Her Day Extra Special," 28 Mar. 2021 It’s not just infielders who cherish Crawford’s guidance. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Brandon Crawford makes mentoring Giants' young talent a personal mission," 20 Mar. 2021 Here are 50 gift ideas for friends, that any BFF would cherish. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "50 Gifts for Your Best Friend," 3 Mar. 2021 The Duxbury girls’ hockey team turned what could have easily been an agonizing and frustrating year of what-ifs into a scintillating season the players and coaches will cherish forever., "Duxbury girls’ hockey completes challenging, abbreviated season with Patriot Cup championship," 19 Feb. 2021 The senior year experience is something Patton will cherish forever. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, "Cleveland State hangs tough early, but is dominated by Houston in NCAA tournament first round, 87-56," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cherish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cherish

Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity

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The first known use of cherish was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Cherish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cherish

: to feel or show great love for (someone or something)
: to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way


cher·​ish | \ ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio) \
cherished; cherishing

Kids Definition of cherish

1 : to hold dear : feel or show affection for cherish a friend
2 : to remember or hold in a deeply felt way She cherishes the memory.

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