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

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 Foremost among them is 87-year-old national treasure Lois Smith, whose career dates back no less than 66 years. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Peace for Mary Frances': Theater Review," 24 May 2018 In April the Houston Zoo released its ambitious plans for the future which will transform the Houston treasure in many ways. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo's summer party series for adults kicks off with a silent disco," 15 May 2018 Homecoming proposals have become more elaborate, mimicking the creative signs, cute treasure hunts and yummy treats that now seem to come with every promposal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Homecoming?," 9 July 2018 The family art event will include a performance by Le PeTiT Cirque — the only all-kid aerial and circus arts show — an art exhibit treasure hunt, art projects and balloon art and printmaking. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Festival of Arts returns to Laguna Beach on Thursday," 3 July 2018 In recent history, the brand's founder and namesake, Rihanna has taken to using red carpet appearances as a treasure hunt for debuting secret Fenty Beauty drops, and her latest lewk is no exception. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Wears White Eyeliner and Fenty Beauty Makeup to Louis Vuitton Show," 22 June 2018 Escape room company Breakout Games will host a treasure hunt Thursday that will take people beyond their typical rooms and into Baltimore, in search of $2,000 in cash, according to a recent release. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Escape room company Breakout Games to hide 20 $100 bills around Baltimore," 22 June 2018 The McQueen Rolex’s emergence is directly tied to the treasure hunt that started when the price of Newman’s watch left the stratosphere last October. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Steve McQueen’s Destroyed-in-a-Wildfire Rolex Is Going Up for Auction," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 His refined and deeply thought out performances are always concerts to be treasured. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 2018 Getting to witness Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew reprise their roles as everyone’s favorite smuggler-wookiee duo in The Force Awakens is the type of movie experience that doesn’t come around often and needs to be treasured accordingly. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Top 10 Most Han Solo Moments in Star Wars History," 2 May 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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The first known use of treasure was in the 12th century

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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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