- 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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Related Wordspreserve, love, defend, harbor, treasure, appreciate, honor, admire, encourage, entertain, embrace, adore, cultivate, safeguard, worship, revere, enshrine, shield, fancy, guard
Examples from the Web for cherish
The goal offered ecstasy to free-kick aficionados, who have had little to cherish at this World Cup.Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game
July 4, 2014
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.
January 19, 2014
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
On his death-bed he charged his nephew to protect and cherish me as a sister.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
We cherish our friendship with all nations that are or would be free.
Say some word of hope, however distant—some kind word that I may cherish in my heart.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He therefore directed his officials to cherish and honour him.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
They cherish poodles, particularly post-mortem; they disdain swine.
- to show great tenderness for; treasure
- to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
Word Origin and History for cherish
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.