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[ cher-ish ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to hold or treat as dear; feel love for:

    to cherish one's native land.

  2. to care for tenderly; nurture:

    to cherish a child.

    Synonyms: sustain, nourish, nurse

    Antonyms: neglect

  3. to cling fondly or inveterately to:

    to cherish a memory.

    Antonyms: relinquish


/ ˈtʃɛrɪʃ /


  1. to show great tenderness for; treasure
  2. to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurse

    to cherish ambitions

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcherisher, noun
  • ˈcherishable, adjective
  • ˈcherishingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • cherish·a·ble adjective
  • cherish·er noun
  • cherish·ing·ly adverb
  • over·cherish verb (used with object)
  • over·cherished adjective
  • un·cherished adjective
  • un·cherish·ing adjective
  • well-cherished adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cherish1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English cherisshen, from Middle French cheriss- (long stem of cherir ); equivalent to cher “dear” (from Latin cārus “beloved, dear, expensive”) + -ish 2; charity

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cherish1

C14: from Old French cherir, from cher dear, from Latin cārus

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Synonym Study

Cherish, foster, harbor imply giving affection, care, or shelter to something. Cherish suggests regarding or treating something as an object of affection or as valuable: to cherish a friendship. Foster implies sustaining and nourishing something with care, especially in order to promote, increase, or strengthen it: to foster a hope; to foster enmity. Harbor suggests giving shelter to or entertaining something undesirable, especially evil thoughts or intentions: to harbor malice or a grudge.

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Example Sentences

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.

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.

To pay for it, she took aim at a tax break cherished by the private equity industry.

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.

Many of you are my sources, subjects, friends, confidantes, dinner companions, onstage dueling partners, cherished critics, and more.

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Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.

But alas, a snub is yet another of the many indignities Valerie Cherish shall endure.

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.

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.

Had Mr. Wilding been other than she now learnt he was, he would surely not cherish an attachment for a person so utterly unworthy.

She was careful to cherish in herself an openness to noble impressions and to the high poetry of nature and life.

Kitty Tynan had certainly enough imagination to make her cherish a mystery.

The wolf is capable of strong attachments, and has been known to cherish the memory of a friend for a great length of time.


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More About Cherish

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.



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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.