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 treasure (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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Actor Ian McKellen has become the poster boy for the United Kingdom’s sprawling COVID-19 vaccine campaign, preserving the national treasure from the pandemic that has claimed the lives of 1.65 million people globally. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "‘Euphoric’ Ian McKellen celebrates getting first dose of COVID-19 vaccine," 17 Dec. 2020 The treasure has allowed his family to go back to eating twice a day. New York Times, "Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village," 12 Dec. 2020 Stuef didn’t return a phone message left Monday by The Associated Press seeking comment on finding the treasure. Fox News, "ID of man who found Rocky Mountains treasure chest revealed," 10 Dec. 2020 But for Lauper, having a community of artists willing to come together and rally behind a cause as important as LGBTQ youth homelessness is the real treasure of Home for the Holidays. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Cyndi Lauper Looks Back on 10 Years of Her Home For the Holidays Benefit: 'I Can't Believe What We've Done'," 10 Dec. 2020 The search ended in June, more than a decade after late antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn hid the treasure. Frank Witsil, USA TODAY, "A decade-long treasure hunt in the Western US captivated thousands. Here's who found it.," 9 Dec. 2020 The hunt — which has repeatedly been called a hoax by skeptics — galvanized roughly 350,000 voyagers to seek the treasure. Washington Post, "Adventurer who spent years chasing a famed hidden treasure — and finally found it — is unmasked," 8 Dec. 2020 The treasure is a bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Man who found Forrest Fenn's famed treasure reveals identity," 7 Dec. 2020 Fenn announced June 6 that the treasure had been found but did not say who found it or where. Mead Gruver, chicagotribune.com, "Grandson of antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn confirms ID of man who found $1 million Rocky Mountains treasure chest hidden over a decade ago," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those who treasure the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty and fear that much of the political left seeks to drive religion from the public square, the day’s events likely came as a welcome relief. James Freeman, WSJ, "Biden, Faith and Tolerance," 20 Jan. 2021 In recent years, investigators have realized that automobiles — particularly newer models — can be treasure troves of digital evidence. NBC News, "Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis," 28 Dec. 2020 Photographer Ami Vitale first met Sudan in 2009 and has since been dedicated to documenting the plight of the subspecies—driven nearly to extinction by poachers who treasure the rhino’s horn. Nick Nichols, Photography, "Nat Geo’s 21 most compelling images of the 21st century," 8 Dec. 2020 Ruby Bridges is a woman with a career, children, and grandchildren now, but the nation will always treasure her six-year-old self. Domenica Bongiovanni, USA TODAY, "60 years ago, Ruby Bridges integrated a New Orleans school. Here's what she tells kids today," 14 Nov. 2020 Probably not, but die-hard fans will treasure stories with Keillor as the central character, rather than trying to discover him behind that Guy Noir mask. Neal Justin And Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life,' by Garrison Keillor," 24 Dec. 2020 Ruby Bridges is a woman with a career, children, and grandchildren now, but the nation will always treasure her six-year-old self. Domenica Bongiovanni, USA TODAY, "60 years ago, Ruby Bridges integrated a New Orleans school. Here's what she tells kids today," 14 Nov. 2020 Writer Valerie Luu and photographer Andria Lo also treasure sartorial memories of their family matriarchs who immigrated to North America. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, "From Chinatown Pretty To Nora From Queens, Chinese Grandmas Are 2020’s Fashion Icons," 2 Dec. 2020 Ruby Bridges is a woman with a career, children, and grandchildren now, but the nation will always treasure her six-year-old self. Domenica Bongiovanni, USA TODAY, "60 years ago, Ruby Bridges integrated a New Orleans school. Here's what she tells kids today," 14 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for treasure

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The first known use of treasure was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Treasure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasure. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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treasure

noun
How to pronounce treasure (audio)

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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