treasure

[trezh-er]
noun
1.
wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
2.
wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
3.
any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized: This book was his chief treasure.
verb (used with object), treasured, treasuring.
4.
to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
5.
to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
6.
to put away for security or future use, as money.

Origin:
1125–75; (noun) Middle English tresor < Old French < Latin thēsaurus storehouse, hoard (see thesaurus); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

treasurable, adjective
treasureless, adjective
untreasurable, adjective
untreasured, adjective


1, 6. hoard. 5. value, esteem.
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treasure (ˈtrɛʒə)
 
n
1.  wealth and riches, usually hoarded, esp in the form of money, precious metals, or gems
2.  a thing or person that is highly prized or valued
 
vb
3.  to prize highly as valuable, rare, or costly
4.  to store up and save; hoard
 
[C12: from Old French tresor, from Latin thēsaurus anything hoarded, from Greek thēsauros]
 
'treasurable
 
adj
 
'treasureless
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

treasure
mid-12c., from O.Fr. tresor "treasury, treasure" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *tresaurus, from L. thesaurus "treasury, treasure" (cf. Sp., It. tesoro), from Gk. thesauros "store, treasure, treasure house" (see thesaurus). Replaced O.E. goldhord. General sense of "anything
valued" is recorded from c.1200. The verb is attested from late 14c. Treasure hunt is first recorded 1913. For treasure trove, see trove.
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Example sentences
Bank ads spurn conspicuous consumption and trumpet the more lasting treasures
  of a well-balanced life.
Municipal wastewater is a rich trove of organic materials that can yield a
  surprising number of treasures.
Instead of spending his fortune on treasures of the past, he has dedicated it
  to these, the possibilities of the future.
Mind-wandering is one of the great pleasures, and treasures of life.
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