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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But this week is a pretty cool experience, and Phillips has earned the right to cherish it. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Ethan Phillips has special connection to a Detroit Red Wings legend," 26 June 2019 The most rigorous science cherishes the softest forms. Quanta Magazine, "The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture," 7 May 2019 Do not run from that Constitution; rather, run to that Constitution and protect it, and enrich it, and cherish it. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: 4 simple steps to help keep guns out of kids’ hands," 9 June 2019 Her restaurant, Dooky Chase’s, is an institution, cherished as much for its food as for its history and legacy. Nina Compton, Bon Appétit, "Leah Chase Told Me I Had No Choice But to Succeed," 4 June 2019 But corralling 2,100-plus partners who cherish their independence is no easy task. Ian Macdougall, Propublica, ProPublica, "The Country That Exiled McKinsey," 14 May 2019 Joanna Gaines is cherishing her time with a brand-new baby. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines on Having a Fifth Child: I Want to 'Embrace This Moment with a Newborn'," 28 June 2018 Madikizela-Mandela cherished conversation with outsiders and word of the world beyond her confines. Author: Alan Cowell, Anchorage Daily News, "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who fought apartheid with her husband, has died at 81," 2 Apr. 2018 Charlene Hook cherished her home of 30 years north of Corcoran, where pomegranate and pistachio orchards stretched for miles. Ralph Vartabedian, latimes.com, "Vacant lots, empty homes and dying orchards on bullet train route attract squatters, vandals and thieves," 4 Feb. 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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