verb cher·ish \ˈcher-ish, ˈche-rish\

: to feel or show great love for (someone or something)

: to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way

Full Definition of CHERISH

transitive verb
a :  to hold dear :  feel or show affection for <cherished her friends>
b :  to keep or cultivate with care and affection :  nurture <cherishes his marriage>
:  to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely <still cherishes that memory>
cher·ish·able \-i-shə-bəl\ adjective
cher·ish·er \-i-shər\ noun

Origin of CHERISH

Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CHERISH

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>.

Rhymes with CHERISH

CHERISH Defined for Kids


verb cher·ish \ˈcher-ish\

Definition of CHERISH for Kids

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


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