cherish

verb
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 \ ˈcher-​i-​shə-​bəl , ˈche-​ri-​ \ adjective
cherisher \ ˈcher-​i-​shər , 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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London is cherished for its double-decker buses, old pubs, and rows of terraced houses. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 There are growing signs that the Europe-wide digital tax cherished by Paris is falling by the wayside. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A European Digital Retreat," 7 Nov. 2018 And though the sky-high portrait sessions last just an hour or less, the memories will surely be cherished for a lifetime. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "New Hampshire wedding photographers capture couples at stunning heights," 18 Aug. 2018 Later, Brown translated the general motif of domicile portraits into oil paintings — witness a rather crude 1889 picture of an Oregon farm that was no doubt cherished by the resident who commissioned it. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The Cochise Trail near Tombstone climbs the toothy Dragoons to the stronghold and gives visitors a chance to see why these mountains were so cherished by the Apaches. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Famous graves in Arizona: Big Nose Kate, Cochise and other notables," 27 Apr. 2018 Let’s make a midweek holiday something to cherish instead of something to gripe about. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. And that presents some . . . challenges," 2 July 2018 Now Phillip has plenty of cute family moments to cherish forever. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Dad's Stunning Amateur Photography Captures the Beauty of Growing Up on a Farm," 23 Jan. 2017 Longtime fans cherished the fictional relationship Danny had with his wife, Linda, before it was revealed that she was killed in a helicopter crash during the show's season premiere last year. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Donnie Wahlberg's Real-Life Love Story Actually Began on Television," 7 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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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 \
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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