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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

Synonyms for cherish

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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.

Antonyms for cherish

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Examples from the Web for cherisher

Historical Examples of cherisher

  • A dere louer and cherisher you are, as well of the louers of Poets, as of Poets them selues.

    A Life of William Shakespeare

    Sidney Lee

  • That's the brute that killed poor Cherisher,—best hound in my pack.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • After the angels which are near the bearers of the imperial throne say, "What did your cherisher order?"

  • He was surely too fond of the things of this world, too obviously a lover and cherisher of the body.

    The Garden Of Allah

    Robert Hichens

  • A dere louer and cherisher you are, as well of the louers of Poets, as of Poets themselues.

British Dictionary definitions for cherisher


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 for cherish

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



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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