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cherish

[cher-ish] /ˈtʃɛr ɪʃ/
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.
Origin
1275-1325
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
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.
Antonyms
2. neglect. 3. relinquish.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellcherished

cherish

/ˈtʃɛrɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to show great tenderness for; treasure
2.
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 wellcherished
cherish
c.1320, from O.Fr. chériss-, extended stem of chérir "to hold dear," from cher "dear," from L. carus (see whore).
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