cher·​ish ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio)
cherished; cherishing; cherishes

transitive verb

: to hold dear : feel or show affection for
cherished her friends
: to keep or cultivate with care and affection : nurture
cherishes his marriage
: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely
still cherishes that memory
cherishable adjective
ˈcher-i-shər How to pronounce cherish (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for cherish

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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Word History


Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cherish was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cherish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


cher·​ish ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio)
: to hold dear : feel or show affection for
cherished her friends
: to keep with care and affection : nurture
cherishes her friendship
: to harbor in the mind
cherish a hope

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