cherish

[ cher-ish ]
/ ˈtʃɛr ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

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

1275–1325; Middle English cherisshen < Middle French cheriss- (long stem of cherir), equivalent to cher dear (< Latin cārus) + -iss -ish2; akin to charity

OTHER WORDS FROM cherish

synonym study for cherish

1, 2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for cherished

cherish
/ (ˈtʃɛrɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to show great tenderness for; treasure
to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions

Derived forms of cherish

cherishable, adjectivecherisher, nouncherishingly, adverb

Word Origin for cherish

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