- To cherish is defined as to treat with love or remember fondly.
- An example of to cherish is for a child to hold on to a gift from a grandparent.
- An example of to cherish is to think of your vacation with your family.
- to hold dear; feel or show love for: to cherish one's family
- to take good care of; protect; foster: to cherish one's rights
- to cling to the idea or feeling of: to cherish a hope
Origin: Middle English cherischen ; from extended stem of Old French cherir ; from cher, dear ; from Classical Latin carus: see charity
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transitive verb cher·ished, cher·ish·ing, cher·ish·es
- To treat with affection and tenderness; hold dear: cherish one's family; fine rugs that are cherished by their owners.
- To keep fondly in mind; entertain: cherish a memory. See Synonyms at appreciate.
Origin: Middle English cherishen, from Old French cherir, cheriss-, from cher, dear, from Latin cārus; see kā- in Indo-European roots.
- cherˈish·a·ble noun
- cherˈish·er noun