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

Other Words from cherish

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web To cherish every muscle and every curve your body exhibits. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 29 Aug. 2022 To cherish every muscle and every curve your body exhibits. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 29 Aug. 2022 Some legacies are too important to leave alone, to trust that society will properly cherish and regularly celebrate them. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Clear alignment increases your odds of growing further and proves loyalty to the organization—a key asset that companies cherish time and again. Expert Panel, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 These are all rights that the vast majority of Americans cherish, and the radicalized G.O.P. of Alito, Thomas, Trump, and Masters is threatening them. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 The lesson was: Behold the fragile jewel that is your one possession and cherish it accordingly. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 14 June 2022 The Heinzens wanted to meet with the potential buyers, in hopes of finding someone who would cherish and care for the house. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 Randall learns from his father to be present, live in the moment and cherish it all. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 See More

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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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23 Sep 2022

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“Cherish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherish. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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