Synonyms & Antonyms of treasure

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1 an asset that brings praise or renown
  • ancient archaeological treasures that today would never be allowed out of the country of origin

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2 someone or something unusually desirable
  • in thanking them for their contributions, the mayor referred to the volunteers at the homeless shelter as the city's greatest treasures

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Synonyms & Antonyms of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to hold dear
  • I'll always treasure the time my friend and I spent together this past summer

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2 to put (something of future use or value) in a safe or secret place
  • a trove of fine wines that he had lovingly treasured over the years

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How is the word treasure different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of treasure are appreciate, cherish, prize, and value. While all these words mean "to hold in high estimation," treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious.

a treasured memento

When is appreciate a more appropriate choice than treasure?

The words appreciate and treasure are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence.

appreciates fine wine

In what contexts can cherish take the place of treasure?

The words cherish and treasure can be used in similar contexts, but cherish implies a special love and care for something.

cherishes her children above all

When is it sensible to use prize instead of treasure?

The meanings of prize and treasure largely overlap; however, prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses.

Americans prize their freedom

When could value be used to replace treasure?

While in some cases nearly identical to treasure, value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth.

values our friendship

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

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“Treasure.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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