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

Also in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and an incredible trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Fox News, "'Sensational' Viking boat graves discovered," 9 July 2019 Enjoy the nocturnal sounds of one of Alabama’s biggest treasures on a two-hour paddle of a deep, calm section of the river guided by the moonlight and fireflies. al.com, "July Fourth events (and more) to attend this month," 2 July 2019 The elegant, restrained installation of these historic treasures is punctuated at intervals by contemporary works that are not only surprising, but also attest to the relevance of animal subject matter to modern-day Japanese artists. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Review: From Adorable to Fearsome," 25 June 2019 The weather war even had its own clandestine undercover missions in search of mundane treasures like data on temperature, pressure, and wind speed. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "Why Weather Forecasting Keeps Getting Better," 24 June 2019 There’s no better base for exploring Thanjavur’s bounty of treasures than Svatma, an exquisite boutique hotel (and fellow Relais & Chateaux member) and the city’s preeminent address for discerning visitors. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 The farm has been repurposed and transformed into an enchanting vintage and rustic market full of eclectic and one-of-a-kind treasures. Candice Terrell, Fierce Marketing, Cincinnati.com, "Charm at the Farm is back for 2019," 19 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch Optional Activities:Horseback Ride Accommodations:Hotel Ork Selfoss Day 4: Golden Circle Discover the celebrated Golden Circle, a circuit that will take us to some of Iceland’s most amazing natural treasures. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 June 2019 The object of my road trip was to explore by car the various towns, cities and villages in search of Bauhaus treasures. Margo Pfeiff, latimes.com, "Exploring the birthplace of Bauhaus, a German movement that changed design," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your location may be placed on a map that will be available to treasure hunters. cleveland.com, "Vintage MarketPlace attracts visitors from afar: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 July 2019 Sports card collectors treasure pristine collectables without damage or scuffs. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Lake Oswego auctioneer enmeshed in sports card scandal," 3 June 2019 The sound of several coyotes — or just one — howling is something to be treasured. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 Anyone with an interest in language will find this a book to treasure. Claire Cock-starkey, WSJ, "What to Give: Reference Books," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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