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What does cherish mean?
Cherish means to treasure—to hold or treat something as dear and often loved.
The word implies a deep and active appreciation of the person or thing that’s cherished.
The word is especially applied to loved ones, relationships, and fond memories of the time spent with such people. It can also be used in the context of possessions that are very special to you, such as a family heirloom or a favorite toy from childhood. Still, such objects are usually cherished due to their connection to a loved one. For example, you might cherish a locket with a photo of your grandmother in it, or a stuffed animal that your dad won for you at a carnival.
Things that you cherish can be described with the adjective cherished, as in These are my most cherished possessions.
Example: I love my grandma so much and cherish the time we get to spend together.
Where does cherish come from?
The first records of the word cherish come from around 1300. It comes from the Old French cherir, from cher, meaning “dear,” from the Latin cārus (which is also the basis for the words charity and caress).
The phrase love and cherish is part of many traditional wedding vows. To cherish someone is to hold them dear—to care about them deeply in a way that makes you treasure them and show them how much you treasure them. In this way, the word implies an active appreciation. Sometimes, it’s only after we lose someone that we realize that we should have done more to cherish them.
The adjective cherished means the same thing as treasured. Things that are described as cherished usually have some deep significance to the person who cherishes them.
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What are some other forms of cherish?
- cherished (past tense verb, adjective)
- cherishable (adjective)
- cherisher (noun)
- cherishingly (adverb)
What are some synonyms for cherish?
- treasure (when treasure is used as a verb)
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How is cherish used in real life?
The word cherish is most commonly used in discussion of what people hold dear, especially loved ones and memories of them.
Nothing says “I love you” more than someone celebrating your wins with you, mourning your losses with you, respecting you with their actions and words, inspiring you, encouraging you, and telling you the hard truths you need to grow.
True friends are priceless. Cherish them✊🏽
— Sansa Stark The Phoenix (@_Oroboghene) May 23, 2020
I love California and Nevada but its truly my friendships here that have made it hard to leave. This place will always be home and I will cherish the memories I made here. ALL my friends are welcome to call or message at ANYTIME and if youre ever in Nebraska stop by! Love yall❤
— Underoos (@masonmckinney46) July 30, 2020
CHERISH YOUR MOST PRECIOUS TREASURES
Not possessions. People.
Cherish your relationships with those who love you.
— Derek Morris (@DrDerekMorris) August 3, 2020
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Is the adjective cherished used correctly in the following sentence?
I’m sad to tell you that we lost our cherished dog today.
Example sentences from the Web for cherish
I cherish this little holiday listening ritual, but it still felt too new, too insignificant to mention back in the autumn of 2018 when Cowell — who died Thursday at 79 — invited me into his Maryland home to talk about his music.Stanley Cowell navigated the vastness of jazz a few notes at a time|Chris Richards|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
That said, many a gamer will cherish the idea of playing the latest in this venerable series day one, so pre-ordering a copy is a possibility if none of the other games really ring their bell.Gift Guide: Games on every platform to get you through the long, COVID winter|Devin Coldewey|December 3, 2020|TechCrunch
To pay for it, she took aim at a tax break cherished by the private equity industry.Susan Collins Backed Down From a Fight with Private Equity. Now They’re Underwriting Her Reelection.|by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Theodoric Meyer, Politico|October 29, 2020|ProPublica
After much soul searching, lengthy discussions and extensive evaluations of our long-term goals, my family and I decided this was the right time to pass our responsibility and cherished stewardship.The Utah Jazz will have a new owner for the first time in 35 years|Ben Golliver|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
Many of you are my sources, subjects, friends, confidantes, dinner companions, onstage dueling partners, cherished critics, and more.
Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But alas, a snub is yet another of the many indignities Valerie Cherish shall endure.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The goal offered ecstasy to free-kick aficionados, who have had little to cherish at this World Cup.
They seem to cherish a strange, irrational notion that something in the very flow of time will cure all ills.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.|Alex Haley|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's because some hearing people cherish those experiences so much and want to know that others share them.
This contempt for the masses they cherish until they have to descend from Parnassus and enter the public service.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
Had Mr. Wilding been other than she now learnt he was, he would surely not cherish an attachment for a person so utterly unworthy.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
She was careful to cherish in herself an openness to noble impressions and to the high poetry of nature and life.Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Kitty Tynan had certainly enough imagination to make her cherish a mystery.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The wolf is capable of strong attachments, and has been known to cherish the memory of a friend for a great length of time.Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match|Francis C. Woodworth