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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All of us, — Bill Prady, Steven Molaro, Steve Holland, and the amazing writing staff, cast and crew, recognize that 12 seasons of laughter is a gift to be cherished. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "The Big Bang Theory to Stream Exclusively on HBO Max: 'Laughter Has Legs!'," 17 Sep. 2019 Bill Prady, Steven Molaro, Steve Holland, and the amazing writing staff, cast and crew—recognize that 12 seasons of laughter is a gift to be cherished. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Big Bang Theory finds streaming home in HBO Max," 17 Sep. 2019 Fans who stick around through the final gun after a game’s outcome becomes obvious demonstrate a level of devotion worthy of respect and much cherished by concessionaires. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kirk Herbstreit should blame ESPN for Louisville fans leaving the Notre Dame game early," 3 Sep. 2019 Football is a sport loved and cherished by millions of people across the globe. SI.com, "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 And perhaps the current Tigers will forge memories as cherished by those who were there 22 years ago. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al.com, "Auburn’s College World Series run brings up fond memories of 1997 Omaha trip," 15 June 2019 Residents of the village cherish it as a beachside Brigadoon where streets did not receive official names until 1999, according to a local newspaper. Jack Healy, New York Times, "They Rode Out Dorian in the Outer Banks. Now Comes the Hard Part.," 8 Sep. 2019 Over the decades, American educators have cherished the residence hall as a transformational space in which adolescents turned into adult, morally conscious citizens. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Will always cherish being able to rep Asians at the NBA level. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Ex-Warrior, Palo Alto native Jeremy Lin signs with Beijing Ducks: report," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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