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: 1275–1325;Middle Englishcherisshen < Middle Frenchcheriss- (long stem of cherir), equivalent to cher dear (< Latincārus) + -iss-ish2; akin to charity
overcherish, verb (used with object)
Synonyms 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.