cher·​ish | \ ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-rish \
cherished; cherishing; cherishes

Definition of cherish

transitive verb

1a : to hold dear : feel or show affection for cherished her friends
b : to keep or cultivate with care and affection : nurture cherishes his marriage
2 : to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely still cherishes that memory

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Other Words from cherish

cherishable \ ˈcher-​i-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-​ri-​ \ adjective
cherisher \ ˈcher-​i-​shər How to pronounce cherish (audio) , ˈche-​ri-​ \ noun

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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 cherish in a Sentence

a book cherished by many I will always cherish that memory.
Recent Examples on the Web Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari praised the volunteers for helping maintain the neighborhood’s green space, telling residents that their hard work will be something future generations will cherish. Grace Toohey,, 12 Oct. 2021 Carlos Correa and his wife Daniella will always be able to cherish this moment before their first child was born. Matt Young, Chron, 12 Oct. 2021 While the couple had already eloped in Las Vegas a month earlier after the Billboard Music Awards in May of that same year, this was clearly a moment to cherish. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Oct. 2021 In a season that’s been so miserable, contributing a big hit has been something to cherish for Bradley. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 Take this time to cherish any small blessings from the universe. Tarot Astrologers,, 18 Sep. 2021 That’s the free market regulating itself, a concept which conservatives always claim to cherish. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2021 Osaka then encouraged her followers to also cherish even the smallest wins. Nicholas Rice,, 30 Aug. 2021 At the time, the belief was this: NASCAR would always have Daytona and its season-deciding playoff race, but the Brickyard 400 was something to cherish. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of cherish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cherish

Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity

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The first known use of cherish was in the 14th century

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“Cherish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cherish

: to feel or show great love for (someone or something)
: to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way


cher·​ish | \ ˈcher-ish How to pronounce cherish (audio) \
cherished; cherishing

Kids Definition of cherish

1 : to hold dear : feel or show affection for cherish a friend
2 : to remember or hold in a deeply felt way She cherishes the memory.

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