- 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 cherisher
A dere louer and cherisher you are, as well of the louers of Poets, as of Poets them selues.A Life of William Shakespeare
That's the brute that killed poor Cherisher,—best hound in my pack.Ask Momma
R. S. Surtees
After the angels which are near the bearers of the imperial throne say, "What did your cherisher order?"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official
He was surely too fond of the things of this world, too obviously a lover and cherisher of the body.The Garden Of Allah
A dere louer and cherisher you are, as well of the louers of Poets, as of Poets themselues.
- to show great tenderness for; treasure
- to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
Word Origin and History for cherisher
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.