cher·ish | \ˈcher-ish, 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 \-i-shə-bəl \ adjective
cherisher \-i-shər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cherish


appreciate, love, prize, treasure, value



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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.

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While not as common for fathers, Hopper obviously cherished the moment. Alexia Fernandez,, "GoT's Tom Hopper Welcomes a Daughter, Posts Poignant Photo Sharing Skin-to-Skin Contact with Baby," 9 July 2018 But for moviegoers who cherish the Oscar winning 2004 original that introduced Bob and Helen Parr, a.k.a. Author: Kenneth Turan, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ is the superhero family saga we need right now," 14 June 2018 But for moviegoers who cherish the Oscar winning 2004 original that introduced Bob and Helen Parr, a.k.a. Kenneth Turan,, "'Incredibles 2' is the superhero family saga we need right now," 11 June 2018 The drivers are Bengals’ fans and believed the items should be cherished and not discarded. Maytal Levi,, "Rumpke workers caught on camera pocketing trash," 6 July 2018 In the moment, though, there are more important things to pause and consider in a K-State community that cherishes the Snyders and knows nothing will ever be the same for them. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Amid pivotal K-State hoops win, Snyder family’s agony looms large in Weber’s thoughts," 20 Jan. 2018 Vowing not to snore should be right up there with to have and to hold, to love and to cherish. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "The 10 Stages of Being Awoken by Your Husband's Snoring," 29 July 2015 There are those struggling to eke out a bare existence in a barren land who have never heard of free enterprise, but who cherish the idea of independence. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘Awe-inspiring’: Listen to Sen. John F. Kennedy read the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 Angela Walker sat between her sister, Antoinette Calhoun, and mother, Gloria Calhoun, and recounted the life of a son who cherished music, religion and -- most importantly -- family. Hanna Krueger,, "'Tomorrow's not a promise': A family grapples with the loss of a 4-year-old girl and her father," 30 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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