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cherish

[cher-ish] /ˈtʃɛr ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to hold or treat as dear; feel love for:
to cherish one's native land.
2.
to care for tenderly; nurture:
to cherish a child.
3.
to cling fondly or inveterately to:
to cherish a memory.
Origin of cherish
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English cherisshen < Middle French cheriss- (long stem of cherir), equivalent to cher dear (< Latin cārus) + -iss -ish2; akin to charity
Related forms
cherishable, adjective
cherisher, noun
cherishingly, adverb
overcherish, verb (used with object)
overcherished, adjective
uncherished, adjective
uncherishing, adjective
well-cherished, adjective
Synonyms
2. nurse, nourish, sustain.
Antonyms
2. neglect. 3. relinquish.
Synonym Study
1, 2. Cherish, foster, harbor imply giving affection, care, or shelter to something. Cherish suggests regarding or treating something as an object of affection or as valuable: to cherish a friendship. Foster implies sustaining and nourishing something with care, especially in order to promote, increase, or strengthen it: to foster a hope; to foster enmity. Harbor suggests giving shelter to or entertaining something undesirable, especially evil thoughts or intentions: to harbor malice or a grudge.
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  • He was perfectly conscious of its excess, but he cherished it as a virtue.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was like a cherished friend who had begun to cut undignified capers.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • And yet, Maltravers, you then came between me and an early and cherished dream.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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 Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for cherished

cherish

/ˈtʃɛrɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to show great tenderness for; treasure
2.
to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurse: to cherish ambitions
Derived Forms
cherishable, adjective
cherisher, noun
cherishingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cherir, from cher dear, from Latin cārus
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Word Origin and History for cherished

cherish

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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