cher´ish|er

cher´ish|er
cher|ish «CHEHR ihsh», transitive verb.
1. to hold dear; treat with tenderness; aid or protect: »

A mother cherishes her baby. Cherish those hearts that hate thee (Shakespeare).

2. Figurative. to keep in the mind; cling to: »

The old woman cherished the hope of her son's return.

3. to keep or guard carefully.
[< Old French cheriss-, stem of cherir < cher dear < Latin cārus]
cher´ish|a|ble, adjective.
cher´ish|er, noun.
cher´ish|ing|ly, adverb.
Synonym Study 2 Cherish, foster, harbor, when applied to an idea or feeling, mean to keep it in mind and care for it. Cherish implies treasuring it and watching over it with loving care: »

to cherish memories of college days, to cherish affection for someone.

Foster suggests nourishing an idea or feeling, and helping it to grow: »

to foster tolerance, to foster sentiments of patriotism.

Harbor suggests letting in an idea or feeling even though it is bad, and brooding over it: »

to harbor resentment, to harbor sinister designs.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cher|ish — «CHEHR ihsh», transitive verb. 1. to hold dear; treat with tenderness; aid or protect: »A mother cherishes her baby. Cherish those hearts that hate thee (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. to keep in the mind; cling to: »The old woman cherished the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cher´ish|ing|ly — cher|ish «CHEHR ihsh», transitive verb. 1. to hold dear; treat with tenderness; aid or protect: »A mother cherishes her baby. Cherish those hearts that hate thee (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. to keep in the mind; cling to: »The old woman… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cher´ish|a|ble — cher|ish «CHEHR ihsh», transitive verb. 1. to hold dear; treat with tenderness; aid or protect: »A mother cherishes her baby. Cherish those hearts that hate thee (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. to keep in the mind; cling to: »The old woman… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cher — blu·cher; cher·e·mis; cher·e·thim; cher·e·thite; cher·i·moya; cher·ish; cher·ish·ing·ly; cher·kess; cher; cher·mes; cher·mi·dae; cher·na; cher·ne·vi·ye; cher·nov·tsy; cher·no·zem; cher·o·kee; cher·so·nese; cher·syd·ri·dae; cher·ty; cher·ub;… …   English syllables

  • cherish — cher·ish …   English syllables

  • cherish — cher•ish [[t]ˈtʃɛr ɪʃ[/t]] v. t. 1) to regard or treat as dear 2) to care for tenderly; nurture 3) to cling fondly to: to cherish a memory[/ex] • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME < MF cheriss , long s. of cherir, v. der. of cher dear (< L cārus)… …   From formal English to slang

  • cherish — cher|ish [ tʃerıʃ ] verb transitive 1. ) to look after someone or something because you love them very much 2. ) to keep something pleasant in your mind for a long time: I cherish the memory of those happy times. 3. ) to think that something is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cherish — cher|ish [ˈtʃerıʃ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: cherir, from chier dear , from Latin carus] 1.) if you cherish something, it is very important to you ▪ He was a man who cherished his privacy. ▪ I still cherish the memory of that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cherishingly — cher·ish·ing·ly …   English syllables

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