Definition of cherish in English:

cherish

verb

[with object]
  • 1Protect and care for (someone) lovingly.

    ‘he needed a woman he could cherish’
    • ‘He wanted you to trust him, to love him, to cherish him.’
    • ‘You were a special treasure to me and I will cherish you forever.’
    • ‘She deserves a reliable kind of guy, who will love her and cherish her.’
    • ‘Even if she did love him, he would never cherish her.’
    • ‘It's a natural longing of the human heart to care for and cherish your child.’
    • ‘I am, however, relieved to say that I do not instinctively want to protect and cherish her.’
    • ‘Will you honour, love, and cherish them, or will you ignore them like they're ex-girlfriends?’
    • ‘She loves and cherishes him in joy and in sorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you take nothing else from my column this week, have this: cherish your friends, care about them more than your marks.’
    • ‘She had been married at 14 to a much older man who had loved and cherished her as his wife, and mate.’
    • ‘And I promise to love and to cherish you as long as I live.’
    • ‘They had taken her in, loved her, cherished her as their own for that summer.’
    • ‘Well, I can't do that because I will love, honor and cherish him forever.’
    • ‘Responsible husbands love, protect and cherish their wives.’
    • ‘I couldn't ever deserve him, but Lord knows how much I cherish him and care about him.’
    • ‘Her outreach through her years of service had touched many families in the community and all of them cherished her in a special way.’
    • ‘Through the years I have protected you like a brother, cherished you as a friend, and admired you like a suitor.’
    • ‘Why couldn't she have someone that would cherish her, and love her for herself?’
    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’
      • ‘It would mean a re-evaluation of some of their most cherished beliefs about the oppressive nature of the traditional, patriarchal family.’
      • ‘The timeless sea reminded all of us to cherish life instead of destroying it by war.’
      • ‘Then she held the envelope to her bosom as if it were her most cherished possession.’
      • ‘We hold on to beliefs as if they were cherished possessions, like trinkets that have sentimental value but no practical use.’
      • ‘One of the most cherished beliefs of diehard fans is that death metal continues to provide a true musical alternative.’
      • ‘They all patently love and cherish the objects entrusted to them by Victorian philanthropists and municipal benefactors.’
      • ‘One of society's most cherished beliefs is that the workplace is, or should be, asexual.’
      • ‘As long as these traditions are cherished as an intimate part of their lives then true folklore will never die.’
      • ‘We have every reason to cherish this precious heritage and continue working on behalf of its future evolution.’
      • ‘And their most cherished possession is a grand piano that spent most of its long life 5,000 miles away.’
      • ‘He was supportive of many local ventures and his wisdom and sound advice was cherished and respected by all who sought his views.’
      • ‘He was a big man who commanded much respect and his advice and wisdom was cherished by those close to the scene.’
      • ‘It is fifty years since my art lesson taught me to embrace precious moments and cherish opportunities and to use all the colours.’
      • ‘His style of writing was frequently commented on and his letters were always cherished by those who received them.’
      • ‘In a foreign country with no family around him, he cherished close friendships with both sexes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a neighbor who cherishes old love letters from her dead husband, Amelie fakes one that was ‘recently found’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it has flourished, unsurprisingly over the years, to become a much loved and cherished part of the British landscape.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘We cherish the great sporting memories like we would fine wines.’
      • ‘They loved and cherished all the little memories that made their beautiful daughter.’
      • ‘You gave us all beautiful memories that we will cherish all the days of our lives.’
      • ‘Despite all the pain and suffering, the eternal hope that we cherish will win the day.’
      • ‘If these are cherished childhood memories for you, then you might not care for how they're treated here, no matter how tongue in cheek it all is.’
      • ‘While he has given up any hope of her recovering, his wife cherishes the seemingly impossible dream of a miraculous return to health.’
      • ‘Their mother left them when he was very little, but the memories he had of her, he cherished.’
      • ‘The few memories that I still had of Jack I cherished, knowing things would never be the same again.’
      • ‘Her children and grandchildren will cherish her labor of love.’
      • ‘‘The many friends and visitors who called on us over many years are a testament to her and a memory that we will cherish all our lives,’ he stated.’
      • ‘In the epilogue, Janie cherishes Tea Cake's memory; not only her lover, he has been a cultural mentor and spiritual guide.’
      • ‘The MCC diaries, however, are testimony to the memories of a carefree youth that he cherished.’
      • ‘He valued the friendships he had made and would cherish very many fond memories.’
      • ‘Apart from entertaining audiences, David cherishes the thought that he is actually practicing a very important community activity.’
      • ‘What are the special memories of Ray that you cherish?’
      • ‘‘Christmas will be a memory that we will cherish forever, as it was such a happy, joyous time,’ Gould said.’
      harbour, have, possess, hold, hold on to, cling to, entertain, retain, maintain, keep in one's mind, foster, nurture, nurse
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

cherish

/ˈtʃɛrɪʃ/