treasure

noun
trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) , 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 How to pronounce treasuring (audio) , 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

That's the exciting part of the ever-expanding market: finding new makeup treasures to further complete our artistic visions of becoming ourselves. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming This Month," 1 May 2019 Think the thrill of finding a unique vintage treasure without the IRL hassle. Teen Vogue, "10 Etsy Shops Where You’ll Definitely Score The Best Vintage," 4 Apr. 2019 Play daily to reveal special offers, complimentary treasures, and more. Glamour, "The Black Friday Beauty Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 Lake City Lions Second Saturday Flea Market SAT Antiques, vintage, trinkets, treasures, arts and crafts by 60 vendors, snack bar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Veterans Day events, International Auto Show, bazaars/sales and more," 7 Nov. 2018 The archaeologists now think this church may hide another treasure beneath it: a pagan temple. Tom Metcalfe, Fox News, "Ancient church hidden in Turkish lake and a Pagan temple may lie beneath it," 6 Sep. 2018 Lucky for us all that still, for now, over in this strange alternate universe, trash is treasure. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 That was such a treasure, being in Vancouver with them. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Weighs in on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel," 7 Dec. 2018 Anthony Kennedy is thus a national treasure: a powerful official who sometimes swung, and on big issues. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, "What Justice Kennedy's Legacy Could Mean for the Future of the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The great choreographer George Balanchine didn’t make very many full-length narrative ballets, so this one is something to treasure. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic Christmas film that many continue to treasure year after year. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Sparks Mystery Over the Island of Misfit Toys," 8 Dec. 2018 On June 2nd, Nick's Birthday, a Celebration of Life will be held, where stories can be shared of crazy, silly, endearing memories and shenanigans for those who knew him well, will treasure forever. courant.com, "Nicholas Joseph Bibeau," 1 May 2018 Netanyahu says Sunday he is deeply saddened by McCain's passing at the age of 81 and will always treasure his friendship. Fox News, "The Latest: Services and other events set for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 To look at opportunities to develop and grow the place and treasure its history and heritage. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "George Martin Founded AIR Studios Up For Sale," 7 May 2018 The nearly 250-year-old Irish company makes crystal pieces treasured by collectors for their clear finish and precise cuts, which maximize the sparkle. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Waterford Crystal Released Their 2019 Pattern For The New Year's Ball," 29 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce treasure (audio) \

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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