verb (used with object)
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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
Many of you are my sources, subjects, friends, confidantes, dinner companions, onstage dueling partners, cherished critics, and more.
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 like wanting to freeze time in way, wanting to cherish an idea for a longer time than is usual in fashion.
We like the idea to cherish the ideas that we put into our collections.
The longer you struggle with something, the more you come to cherish it.John McCain’s Surprising Toast at Kissinger’s 90th Birthday Party|The Daily Beast|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But this is a selfish fear, that you think you have no right to cherish.Dream Life|Donald G. Mitchell
I am country-bred, and cherish a preference for the scenes of my childhood.Alone|Marion Harland
Observe how you unfit yourselves for all holy duties, and communion with God, while you cherish wrath and malice in your hearts.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Sir Hugh had sworn to love and cherish her until death, and yet he had brought her to this.Wee Wifie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
Would he cherish intemperance, that sobriety might shine the brighter?An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans|Lydia Maria Child