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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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 Celebrating merrily, preparing for a final, cherishing the chance to play for it all; each of those are things England nearly had in its grasp. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018 Does that work with Walton, who cherishes the up-tempo game, and a bunch of youngsters who love to run? Bruce Jenkins,, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018 Whether it's being used to identify themselves to coalition fighter jets, mark territory claimed on the battlefield, or serve as a vivid and cherished memento, the American flag serves many a purpose among our forces down range. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Why US forces carry the American flag," 4 July 2018 The Old Orland historic district, which spans the area south of 143rd street between West and Ravinia avenues, is cherished by neighbors for its walkability, access to the train station, Arseneau said. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park's 'first and oldest' home is on the market," 2 July 2018 Not a ton of surprises, just the warm and fuzzy security blanket of hearing songs that everyone in the audience has heard countless times and cherished for most of their lives. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "How I Became a Paul McCartney Fan: Discovering the Depths of the Former Beatle's Underappreciated Solo Catalog," 18 June 2018 Church members and guests were invited to tour the new building, enjoy the new Family Plaza, take photos with the mom in their lives and cherish the moment with family and friends. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "River Pointe Church celebrates new children’s ministry building with city officials at ribbon-cutting ceremony," 23 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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