cherish

verb cher·ish \ ˈcher-ish , ˈche-rish \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of cherish

transitive verb
1 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
2 : to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely
  • still cherishes that memory

cherishable

play \-i-shə-bəl\ adjective

cherisher

play \-i-shər\ noun

Examples of cherish in a Sentence

  1. a book cherished by many

  2. I will always cherish that memory.

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Origin and Etymology of cherish

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

Synonym Discussion of cherish

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

CHERISH Defined for English Language Learners

cherish

verb

Definition of cherish for English Language Learners

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

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


CHERISH Defined for Kids

cherish

verb cher·ish \ ˈcher-ish \

Definition of cherish for Students

cherished; cherishing
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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