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cherish

[ cher-ish ]
/ ˈtʃɛr ɪʃ /
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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.

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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
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 cherish

cherish
/ (ˈtʃɛrɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to show great tenderness for; treasure
to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurseto cherish ambitions
cherishable, adjectivecherisher, nouncherishingly, adverb
C14: from Old French cherir, from cher dear, from Latin cārus
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