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treasure

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noun trea·sure \ ˈtre-zhər , ˈtrā- \

Definition of treasure

1 a (1) :wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded
  • buried treasure
(2) :wealth of any kind or in any form :riches
b :a store of money in reserve
2 :something of great worth or value; also :a person esteemed as rare or precious
3 :a collection of precious things

Examples of treasure in a Sentence

  1. a legend about the pirates' buried treasure

  2. Central Park is one of New York City's many treasures.

  3. Grandmother's nurse has been a real treasure.

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Origin and Etymology of treasure

Middle English tresor, from Anglo-French, from Latin thesaurus — more at thesaurus


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treasure

verb

Definition of treasure

treasured; treasuring play \-zh(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to hold or keep as precious :cherish, prize
  • she treasured those memories
2 :to collect and store up (something of value) for future use :hoard

Examples of treasure in a Sentence

  1. He treasures that autographed baseball.

  2. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.

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First Known Use of treasure

14th century

Synonym Discussion of treasure

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


TREASURE Defined for English Language Learners

treasure

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noun

Definition of treasure for English Language Learners

  • : something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place

  • : something that is very special, important, or valuable

  • : a person who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful


treasure

verb

Definition of treasure for English Language Learners

  • : to value (something) very much


TREASURE Defined for Kids

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treasure

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noun trea·sure \ ˈtre-zhər \

Definition of treasure for Students

1 :wealth (as money or jewels) stored up or held in reserve
2 :something of great value
  • The park is one of the city's treasures.

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treasure

verb

Definition of treasure for Students

treasured; treasuring
:to treat as precious :cherish
  • Ramona, who liked to draw … treasured the new eraser …
  • —Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby

Law Dictionary

treasure

noun trea·sure

legal Definition of treasure

:personal property that is hidden in something else for an extended period and whose owner cannot be determined


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