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

It was immediately recognized as a treasure and became something close to an American Crown jewel. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why the Tiffany Diamond Lady Gaga Wore to the Oscars Made the Jewelry World Gasp," 25 Feb. 2019 Easements are included in the sale to preserve the house as an architectural treasure, and the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mies-inspired glass house could be yours for $575K," 10 Sep. 2018 Smart cities mothball such treasures and play for time. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 Explore the 200-year-old, English-style bank barn, where there is an array of treasures and tools, a sleigh, and ice making tools that early farmers used. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 10 July 2018 The Liriodendron Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an architectural treasure and event venue. Aegis Staff, The Aegis, "New gallery show opens at Liriodendron in Bel Air," 31 May 2018 The museum holds treasures and family heirlooms of many of the town’s founders. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Union County: The draw of Lake Butler," 15 May 2018 But to steer looters away from these burials would be to teach them which ones to target for treasure and so this strategy is avoided. Julia Kate Clark, Smithsonian, "As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifacts," 11 Apr. 2018 Among the exhibit’s highlights are two works that have been designated national treasures in Japan. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is an incomparable historic jewel, a timeless home to treasure. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon: 320 El Cerrito Avenue in Piedmont," 3 June 2019 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

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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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