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

These objects alone are an entire treasure, exalting and unforgettable. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 The Denisova Cave is such an archeological treasure because it is filled with thousands of bones and bone fragments. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 Then, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is sometimes another man’s treasure. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic's deal of Bismack Biyombo for Timofey Mozgov is like trading in a lemon for a jalopy," 9 July 2018 Machimoodus State Park 128 Leesville Road, Moodus Machimoodus State Park is an absolute treasure with stunning views of the Salmon River cove, the Connecticut River and the hills of central Connecticut at the 300-acre state park. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hikers, Are You Up To The Challenge Of These 14 Trails?," 15 May 2018 The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar This is secret treasure. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "We knew we our stained glass windows were beautiful. We didn't know they were Tiffany.," 29 Mar. 2018 Graham made good on his pledge and the camera is now a family treasure along with a small bible signed by both Billy Graham and Andrew Young, Wiley-Taylor said. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans pastors remember Billy Graham's post-Katrina visit," 22 Feb. 2018 This delicate Shashi bracelet, made with multicolored seed beads, is a darling treasure that’s sure to do the trick. Alejandra Bennett, Sunset, "10 Memorable Gifts for the Nostalgic Mom," 22 Jan. 2018 Among the early-season treasures here are radishes and multiple varieties of lettuce from Harvest Point Farm, blue oyster mushrooms from Northern Fungi, and greenhouse cukes and tomatoes from Pam's Veggies. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Early spring greens and herbs – plus tomatoes, cukes and colorful chard – await you at local markets," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Luke Farrell erased two of his toughest professional baseball moments with a performance to treasure Saturday night. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Luke Farrell earns redemption in Cubs' 14-inning win against Mets," 3 June 2018 Magic Words: The force of my feelings is a gift to be treasured. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 2-8," 29 June 2018 He treasured family and good friends, August vacations and great instrumental music. courant.com, "Bertrand P. Fredericks," 27 June 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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