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cherish

[cher-ish]
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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.
  3. to cling fondly or inveterately to: to cherish a memory.
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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
Related formscher·ish·a·ble, adjectivecher·ish·er, nouncher·ish·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·cher·ish, verb (used with object)o·ver·cher·ished, adjectiveun·cher·ished, adjectiveun·cher·ish·ing, adjectivewell-cher·ished, adjective

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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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Related Words

preservelovedefendharbortreasureappreciatehonoradmireencourageentertainembraceadorecultivatesafeguardworshiprevereenshrineshieldfancyguard

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  • He was perfectly conscious of its excess, but he cherished it as a virtue.

  • It was like a cherished friend who had begun to cut undignified capers.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • And yet, Maltravers, you then came between me and an early and cherished dream.

  • The pin had been among the most valuable and cherished of his belongings.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He was implicitly trusted by all, even by Hatteras, who cherished a deep affection for him.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne


British Dictionary definitions for cherished

cherish

verb (tr)
  1. to show great tenderness for; treasure
  2. to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
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Derived Formscherishable, adjectivecherisher, nouncherishingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French cherir, from cher dear, from Latin cārus
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Word Origin and History for cherished

cherish

v.

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.

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