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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Skip the flowers, and spring for an item that your recipient will cherish and, most importantly, use. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "18 Pink Home Items to Gift This Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2019 Services will be held at 11am on Friday, May 11 at First United Methodist Church 201 S. Park Avenue Apopka, FL 32703.Chuck celebrated life, and his memory will be cherished by those who were fortunate to celebrate with him. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/8," 8 May 2018 His humor and spirit will be cherished by all who knew and loved him. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/27," 27 Feb. 2018 Berners-Lee is hoping to thwart the permanent layering of a non-open Web over his initial creation, which cherished accessibility. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 But for those who cherish American constitutional democracy, what matters is the effect on America and her people and her standing in an increasingly unstable world -- made all the more unstable by these very fabrications. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Our democracy will not last’: Jeff Flake's speech comparing Trump to Stalin, annotated," 17 Jan. 2018 London is cherished for its double-decker buses, old pubs, and rows of terraced houses. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 There are growing signs that the Europe-wide digital tax cherished by Paris is falling by the wayside. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A European Digital Retreat," 7 Nov. 2018 And though the sky-high portrait sessions last just an hour or less, the memories will surely be cherished for a lifetime. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "New Hampshire wedding photographers capture couples at stunning heights," 18 Aug. 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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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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