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 Indeed, we were woven into the fabric of the neighborhood and reminded of the give-and-take by all that creates the sense of belonging we cherish. Haney Hong Community Voices Contributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The genuine care of neighbors is what I choose to remember about 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Baskets for gathering, food preparation and storage, ceremonies, and to protect and cherish tiny infants emerged from the hands of the women who created art incorporated into everyday items., "Native plants become Native art. What happens when they're gone?," 17 Dec. 2020 That’s why this unicorn wash mitt by Soapsox would make a great gift for the parent that’s looking to cherish bath time with their kids without the fuss. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "42 gifts that support BIPOC-owned brands this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 Letting go is difficult for those of us who cherish the tangible. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Holding and folding your favorite holiday things: Sun Messages," 30 Nov. 2020 Indeed, getting family together for any reason in these times is something to cherish. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Biking, beaching, dune buggies and a birthday bash in South Haven, Michigan," 8 Oct. 2020 Coronavirus stole their lives four months apart, leaving Raiden with only a few years' worth of memories to cherish for a lifetime. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "A boy lost both parents to Covid-19. His family asks Texas community for help celebrating his 5th birthday," 17 Nov. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has rendered the elegantly casual setting of the Salamander largely off limits to filmgoers who have come to cherish the venue’s cozy intimacy. Washington Post, "Middleburg grapples with being an awards-season film festival when awards contenders are scarce," 7 Oct. 2020 And even those who swear by these others cherish deeply at least one Fellini picture. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Federico Fellini: Iconically Italian," 28 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cherish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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