Definition of treasure in English:

treasure

Syllabification: treas·ure
Pronunciation: /ˈtreZHər
 
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noun

1A quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.
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  • He drew it back, cradling it like precious treasure.
  • Russia, having annexed the Crimea, had embarked on a titanic struggle with the Ottoman Empire which was absorbing stupendous quantities of manpower and treasure.
  • He had always sort of imagined love, a fact he guarded more carefully than the most precious of his treasure.
Synonyms
riches, valuables, jewels, gems, gold, silver, precious metals, money, cash; wealth, fortune; treasure trove
1.1A very valuable object: she set out to look at the art treasures
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  • Ancient manuscripts depicting the history of Armenia are housed in the national library, Madenataran, and are valued national and historical treasures.
  • Sometimes, this involved the omission of some real treasures.
  • If you don't drink the occasional bottle of Californian wine, then you're missing out on some real treasures.
Synonyms
valuable object, valuable, work of art, masterpiece, precious item
1.2 informal A person whom the speaker loves or who is valued for the assistance they can give: the housekeeper is a real treasure—I don’t know what he would do without her
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  • He's a national treasure and I just love the guy.
  • Congratulations Maureen; you're one of Kilmead's real treasures.
  • Oliver's been a real treasure and has loosely formed a routine for both day and night.
Synonyms
paragon, gem, angel, find, star, one of a kind, one in a million

verb

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1Keep carefully (a valuable or valued item).
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  • Passes will have to go to hand, ball will not have to be turned over and the side will need to treasure the ball more carefully than they are at present.
  • I will be getting the shirt framed and will treasure it always.
  • He remembered always treasuring it, and never wearing it, afraid it would be damaged.
Synonyms
cherish, hold dear, prize, value greatly; adore, dote on, love, be devoted to, worship, venerate
1.1Value highly: the island is treasured by walkers and conservationists (as adjective treasured) his library was his most treasured possession
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  • His employer treasured him, admired his skill greatly and paid him well.
  • The years of youth are given to us only once by the Creator, to be treasured while possessed.
  • Your personal relationship is to be respected and treasured as it has withstood the test of tide and time.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French tresor, based on Greek thēsauros (see thesaurus).

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