- 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 cherishing
Shaffer is a vital, cherished and cherishing grounding influence.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
We are not commemorating her—we are cherishing her and celebrating her and anticipating her return.Person of Interest Identified in Disappearance of UVA Student Hannah Graham
September 19, 2014
This came, they said, of cherishing such creatures as the Pinches.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
They owed her something, protection, or cherishing tenderness.The Prisoner
Now, we cannot indict a man for cherishing hopes, or for encouraging them in others.The Arena
Will not Heaven be angry with me for cherishing such a wish?Manasseh
Show that yours is so, I entreat, by cherishing the peace of the colony.The Hour and the Man
- to show great tenderness for; treasure
- to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
Word Origin and History for cherishing
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.