Cherish Definition

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To hold dear; feel or show love for.
To cherish one's family.
Webster's New World
To keep fondly in mind; treasure.
Cherish a memory.
American Heritage
To take good care of; protect; foster.
To cherish one's rights.
Webster's New World
To cling to the idea or feeling of.
To cherish a hope.
Webster's New World

To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious principle.


Origin of Cherish

  • Middle English cherishen from Old French cherir cheriss- from cher dear from Latin cārus kā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cherir.

    From Wiktionary


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