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[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
Related forms
cherishable, adjective
cherisher, noun
cherishingly, adverb
overcherish, verb (used with object)
overcherished, adjective
uncherished, adjective
uncherishing, adjective
well-cherished, adjective
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. 2. nurse, nourish, sustain.
2. neglect. 3. relinquish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cherished
  • Psychologists have long known that having a set of cherished companions is crucial to mental well-being.
  • The other half were asked to write about why they cherished certain values.
  • Laughing at other people's cherished ideas is not the answer.
  • Yet it was still my kitchen and therefore within the boundaries of my cherished personal space.
  • Someone who is the apple of your eye, then, is as cherished as the organ that allows you to see.
  • The cherished doctrine of shared governance will take on new meaning for you.
  • Yes, saying goodbye to a cherished leader can be a bittersweet experience.
  • If you're the rare academic who can make lively small talk, you'll be cherished.
  • As they soar in the nation's public life, their cherished text soars with them.
  • His comment underlines his belief that ordinary experience has a sacred quality to be cherished because life is transient.
British Dictionary definitions for cherished


verb (transitive)
to show great tenderness for; treasure
to cling fondly to (a hope, idea, etc); nurse: to cherish ambitions
Derived Forms
cherishable, adjective
cherisher, noun
cherishingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cherir, from cher dear, from Latin cārus
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Word Origin and History for cherished



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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