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

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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 It has been said that a culture which does not cherish and will not defend the honor of those who gave their lives for it does not deserve to survive. al, "Who is the rightful owner of Mobile’s Confederate statue?," 16 June 2020 Most Americans cherish democracy and majority rule. The Economist, "America’s anachronistic electoral college gives Republicans an edge," 12 June 2020 Those temperatures coupled with low humidity pegs a day like this as one to remember and cherish, because humidity is bound to come back, meteorologists say. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Another hot day with low humidity in store for Houston," 11 June 2020 The only thing technology-loving dads cherish more than family are their gadgets. Essence, "9 Techie Father's Day Gifts For The Gadget-Loving Dad," 4 June 2020 But many Europeans also cherish the U.S. as an ally that has traditionally shared its democratic values. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Europe’s reaction to George Floyd’s death highlights racism at home as well as in the U.S.," 3 June 2020 Appreciate the advantages of privacy and cherish the quiet times., "Horoscope," 3 June 2020 One of the most wrenching aspects of the epidemic is the sense of disconnection and helplessness in a community that stakes its economic well-being on providing care and comfort and cherishes its closeness. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "“Similar to Times of War”: The Staggering Toll of COVID-19 on Filipino Health Care Workers," 3 May 2020 First responders are cherished for their valor and are in our prayers daily. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Sheriff’s ‘desperate’ plea for tests and protection equipment goes unanswered," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Cherish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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