treasure

noun
trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər, ˈtrā-\

Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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

treasure

verb
treasured; treasuring\ ˈtre-​zh(ə-​)riŋ , ˈtrā-​ \

Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for treasure

Synonyms: Noun

boast, credit, crown jewel, glory, honor, jewel, pride, trophy

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, value

Antonyms: Verb

disvalue

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Verb

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 treasure in a Sentence

Noun

a legend about the pirates' buried treasure Central Park is one of New York City's many treasures. Grandmother's nurse has been a real treasure.

Verb

He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mann recommends Etsy for finding handmade treasures. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "11 Simple Home Updates to Make This Year," 7 Jan. 2019 Indeed, Islamic manuscripts are among Yemen’s greatest historical treasures. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 What other treasures lurk in the bellies of Neotropical serpents? Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Place to Find a Snake Is Inside a Different Snake," 21 Dec. 2018 Celeste is one of the lucky ones—struck in the neck by a bullet, rescued from the brink—and an original song performed at the memorial turns her into a precocious national treasure. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Natalie Portman's Pop Star Turn in Vox Lux Bristles with Apocalyptic Foreboding...and Glitter," 13 Dec. 2018 And a matte wax-oil finish provides waterproof and stain-resistant durability, ensuring your terrazzo trendsetter becomes a timeless treasure. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Company Is Making Gorgeous Terrazzo Furnishings Out Of Recycled Marble," 11 Dec. 2018 Those who endure the hazardous storms that blast extreme planets can seek out precious new crystal treasures that only light up during the worst weather. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky’s new update makes its sci-fi worlds even more alien," 21 Nov. 2018 That's the exciting part about the ever-expanding beauty market: finding new makeup treasures to further complete our artistic visions of becoming ourselves. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018 The historical treasures were a part of the estates of Hubert Tannar, who passed away long after the war, and Cyril Woods, who in his youth starred alongside Elizabeth and Margaret. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See Rare Photos from Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's WWII-Era Christmas Plays," 8 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the bookend to his year-long collaboration with MAC, Slay Ride also signifies the completion of an experience that Starrr treasured as both the definitive face of men in makeup and a former MAC sales associate. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr on His Holiday MAC Collaboration, Makeup Shaming, and Inclusivity in the Beauty World," 23 Dec. 2018 And Diana treasured her time with William and Harry. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana spent her Saturday nights eating McDonald's with sons William and Harry, says former butler," 19 Sep. 2018 Still, Bilson treasures memorable moments from The O.C., including some standout scenes with a surprising star. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Rachel Bilson Shares Her Favorite Memories from The O.C., Names Her 'Funniest' Costar," 27 June 2018 This unique adventure will be talked about and their findings treasured for years to come. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Hobbies that re-center us, whether by letting us tune in or tune out, must be treasured. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 His memory will be treasured forever by his grandchildren, Maggie and her husband Chris Piccone, Devin Godbout, Kate Betts, Jack Godbout, Thomas Betts, and Benjamin and James Godbout. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "M. Gregory Godbout," 8 June 2018 The other photos all look like the ones that a woman would post to a profile, or that a loved one would treasure as their best photo of the missing. Rena Gross, Billboard, "12 Big Revelations From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 7," 30 May 2018 They’ll be treasured, but will usually cost top dollar. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kelly: A mediocre crop of talent hints that Dolphins should be aggressive with the 2018 draft class | Commentary," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of treasure

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treasure

Noun

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

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treasure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to value (something) very much

treasure

noun
trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər \

Kids Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

treasure

verb
treasured; treasuring

Kids Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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