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 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 There would be nothing sweeter for a fan base – a state – that has had so few great moments to cherish. Mark Faller, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Despite the uneven journey, Kenney has come to cherish the experiences and opportunities of the past year. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Through their trials, Usnavi comes to cherish the neighborhood and his role in it. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 10 June 2021 The world may not know how to cherish Ms. Bell, but Lawson and her camera do. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Why do the British continue to cherish the dynastic principle at the very heart of the state? The Economist, 15 Apr. 2021 If those who cherish it don’t remain vigilant, it could be lost in a single presidential term. Dan Lennington, National Review, 20 June 2021 Spontaneous performances filled us with joy, leaving our house for a walk was a moment to cherish. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 30 May 2021

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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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13 Jul 2021

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“Cherish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherish. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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