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cherish Line breaks: cher|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛrɪʃ/

Definition of cherish in English:


[with object]
1Protect and care for (someone) lovingly: he needed a woman he could cherish
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  • I couldn't ever deserve him, but Lord knows how much I cherish him and care about him.
  • I am, however, relieved to say that I do not instinctively want to protect and cherish her.
  • Through the years I have protected you like a brother, cherished you as a friend, and admired you like a suitor.
adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate;
think the world of, set great store by, hold in high esteem;
care for, look after, tend, protect, preserve, shelter, keep safe, support, nurture, cosset, indulge
informal put on a pedestal
1.1Hold (something) dear: I cherish the letters she wrote
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  • We hold on to beliefs as if they were cherished possessions, like trinkets that have sentimental value but no practical use.
  • He was a big man who commanded much respect and his advice and wisdom was cherished by those close to the scene.
  • He was supportive of many local ventures and his wisdom and sound advice was cherished and respected by all who sought his views.
treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
1.2Keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind: he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future
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  • While he has given up any hope of her recovering, his wife cherishes the seemingly impossible dream of a miraculous return to health.
  • Apart from entertaining audiences, David cherishes the thought that he is actually practicing a very important community activity.
harbour, have, possess, hold (on to), cling to, entertain, retain, maintain, keep in one's mind, foster, nurture, nurse


Middle English (in the sense 'treat with affection'): from Old French cheriss-, lengthened stem of cherir, from cher 'dear', from Latin carus.

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