cherish

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for cherish

Synonyms

adore, love, worship

Antonyms

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe

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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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Heath Ledger was a gem and should be cherished forever. Teen Vogue, "9 Unforgettable Life Lessons From "10 Things I Hate About You"," 31 Mar. 2019 For as long as anybody can remember, old vineyards like this one in the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos mountains have been cherished by a dedicated few, who nurtured the vines through hot summers and cold winters. New York Times, "Reviving Ancient Spanish Vineyards, Building New Traditions," 24 May 2018 In other words, these creature comforts can be worn and cherished by all. Vogue, "Sophie Turner Steps Out in the Most Luxurious House Slipper," 2 Apr. 2019 The tower will sit on the site of the former Prouty Garden, a tranquil half-acre space cherished by many families and staff. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Children’s Hospital opens new rooftop oasis to help fill void of beloved Prouty Garden," 13 May 2018 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, gains its strength not only from Jewish support, but also from the scores of millions of gentile Americans who cherish these bonds. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "Why Do Americans Care About Israel?," 21 Mar. 2019 This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019 This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Sends Condolences to the Families and Victims of the New Zealand Shootings," 15 Mar. 2019 Many Swedes have long cherished humanitarian values as a centerpiece of the national identity. Fox News, "Sweden's most significant election in years, at a glance," 6 Sep. 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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The first known use of cherish was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for cherish

cherish

verb

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

cherish

verb
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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