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

The egg hunt takes place on the first and second floors of the museums, which means kids will dig through fire tricks and hoses to find treasure. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "We Found the Best Easter Egg Hunts Near New York City," 11 Mar. 2019 France has contributed many cultural treasures to the world. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Team Trump Getting Along Too Well with France?," 5 Mar. 2019 There are a slew of Bachelor recaps that detail the fashion choices of our ladytestants (my personal favorite belongs to former contestant/national treasure Sharleen Joynt) but this is not that. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "An Ode to the Glasses of This Week's Episode of 'The Bachelor'," 22 Jan. 2019 Walk along the beach with an eye out for shipwrecked contraband and treasure, and people will smile at you. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 This will be a geologic treasure hunt as the rover scouts around for rocks that have signs of microbial life and them stash them for a future retrieval mission, though that mission remains currently unfunded. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 Expect talks on marine life with experts, a treasure hunt for kids, a parade, and a whales-and-wheels classic car show, among other festivities. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Cape Town in September 2018," 14 Sep. 2018 This is the slow food crowd, artists of the earth whose goal is to treat these treasures with the utmost respect, preserving their purity by serving them in the simplest possible fashion. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "This Scarlet Prawn Is the Best Seafood You Can Eat," 30 Jan. 2019 Kim's entire home was transformed into a jungle, complete with countless trees, safari hats, treasure chests, and wooden furniture. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Shared the Sweetest Family Photos from Saint's Birthday Party," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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