- to hold or treat as dear; feel love for: to cherish one's native land.
- to care for tenderly; nurture: to cherish a child.
- to cling fondly or inveterately to: to cherish a memory.
Origin of cherish
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Examples from the Web for cherished
Not only did a cherished character get a bullet to the brain, but things are only going to get worse on The Walking Dead.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
Bartholdi cherished and valued the physical world, as he made quite clear in his letters and diaries.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
The unspoken controversy surrounding Hall lies in that he is challenging the status quo, which is cherished in Texas.The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent
October 27, 2014
Shaffer is a vital, cherished and cherishing grounding influence.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
It is glorious in its stilted awkwardness, and should be cherished.Rosie Returns to 'The View': A Bold, Intelligent, and Sometimes Boring Premiere
September 15, 2014
He was perfectly conscious of its excess, but he cherished it as a virtue.
It was like a cherished friend who had begun to cut undignified capers.Tiverton Tales
And yet, Maltravers, you then came between me and an early and cherished dream.
The pin had been among the most valuable and cherished of his belongings.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He was implicitly trusted by all, even by Hatteras, who cherished a deep affection for him.The Field of Ice
- to show great tenderness for; treasure
- to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
Word Origin and History for cherished
early 14c., cherischen, from Old French cheriss-, present participle stem of chierir "to hold dear" (12c., Modern French chérir), from chier "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore). The Latin word also is the source of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese caro; Old Provençal, Catalan car. Related: Cherished; cherishing.