One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was cherished by a wide circle of friends’
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
2‘I cherish the letters she wrote’
treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
3‘they cherished dreams of football glory’
harbour, have, possess, hold, hold on to, cling to, entertain, retain, maintain, keep in one's mind, foster, nurture, nurse
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