Definition of cherish in English:



  • 1 Protect and care for (someone) lovingly:

    ‘he needed a woman he could cherish’
    • ‘She deserves a reliable kind of guy, who will love her and cherish her.’
    • ‘Responsible husbands love, protect and cherish their wives.’
    • ‘They had taken her in, loved her, cherished her as their own for that summer.’
    • ‘Even if she did love him, he would never cherish her.’
    • ‘Through the years I have protected you like a brother, cherished you as a friend, and admired you like a suitor.’
    • ‘Will you honour, love, and cherish them, or will you ignore them like they're ex-girlfriends?’
    • ‘It's a natural longing of the human heart to care for and cherish your child.’
    • ‘Well, I can't do that because I will love, honor and cherish him forever.’
    • ‘I am, however, relieved to say that I do not instinctively want to protect and cherish her.’
    • ‘Why couldn't she have someone that would cherish her, and love her for herself?’
    • ‘She was devoted to her family and her many friends cherished her in a very special way.’
    • ‘But I still I cherish him and that feeling doesn't change just because the relationship has changed.’
    • ‘She had been married at 14 to a much older man who had loved and cherished her as his wife, and mate.’
    • ‘She loves and cherishes him in joy and in sorrow.’
    • ‘Her outreach through her years of service had touched many families in the community and all of them cherished her in a special way.’
    • ‘You were a special treasure to me and I will cherish you forever.’
    • ‘He wanted you to trust him, to love him, to cherish him.’
    • ‘And I promise to love and to cherish you as long as I live.’
    • ‘If you take nothing else from my column this week, have this: cherish your friends, care about them more than your marks.’
    • ‘I couldn't ever deserve him, but Lord knows how much I cherish him and care about him.’
    adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate
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    1. 1.1 Hold (something) dear:
      ‘I cherish the letters she wrote’
      • ‘He was a big man who commanded much respect and his advice and wisdom was cherished by those close to the scene.’
      • ‘For a neighbor who cherishes old love letters from her dead husband, Amelie fakes one that was ‘recently found’.’
      • ‘We have every reason to cherish this precious heritage and continue working on behalf of its future evolution.’
      • ‘But it has flourished, unsurprisingly over the years, to become a much loved and cherished part of the British landscape.’
      • ‘We hold on to beliefs as if they were cherished possessions, like trinkets that have sentimental value but no practical use.’
      • ‘And their most cherished possession is a grand piano that spent most of its long life 5,000 miles away.’
      • ‘It is fifty years since my art lesson taught me to embrace precious moments and cherish opportunities and to use all the colours.’
      • ‘The timeless sea reminded all of us to cherish life instead of destroying it by war.’
      • ‘There is hardly any sane human being who can respect and cherish a social union in which his right to freedom of speech and conscience is scoffed at.’
      • ‘As long as these traditions are cherished as an intimate part of their lives then true folklore will never die.’
      • ‘One of society's most cherished beliefs is that the workplace is, or should be, asexual.’
      • ‘They all patently love and cherish the objects entrusted to them by Victorian philanthropists and municipal benefactors.’
      • ‘One of the most cherished beliefs of diehard fans is that death metal continues to provide a true musical alternative.’
      • ‘Then she held the envelope to her bosom as if it were her most cherished possession.’
      • ‘In a foreign country with no family around him, he cherished close friendships with both sexes.’
      • ‘He bought her the ring one day, knowing that even though he only spent fifty cents on it at a flea market, Zoe would find it precious and cherish it forever.’
      • ‘I love and cherish my public holidays because I need that time to recuperate and rejuvenate my mind and body from the rat race of life.’
      • ‘He was supportive of many local ventures and his wisdom and sound advice was cherished and respected by all who sought his views.’
      • ‘His style of writing was frequently commented on and his letters were always cherished by those who received them.’
      • ‘It would mean a re-evaluation of some of their most cherished beliefs about the oppressive nature of the traditional, patriarchal family.’
      treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
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    2. 1.2 Keep (a hope or ambition) in one's mind:
      ‘he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future’
      • ‘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, cling to, entertain, retain, maintain, keep in one's mind, foster, nurture, nurse
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Middle English (in the sense ‘treat with affection’): from Old French cheriss-, lengthened stem of cherir, from cher dear, from Latin carus.