Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To treat with affection and tenderness; hold dear: cherish one's family; fine rugs that are cherished by their owners.
  • transitive v. To keep fondly in mind; entertain: cherish a memory. See Synonyms at appreciate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with care; to protect and aid.
  • v. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious principle.
  • v. To cheer, gladden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with care; to protect and aid.
  • transitive v. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold as dear; treat with tenderness and affection; foster; nurture; support and encourage; shelter fondly; nurse; caress.
  • To indulge and encourage in the mind; harbor; cling to: as, to cherish forgiveness; to cherish revenge.
  • To give physical comfort or pleasure to; invigorate; strengthen; warm; hence, to provide for; entertain hospitably.
  • Synonyms Foster, Cherish, Harbor. “To foster is to sustain and nourish with care and effort. To cherish is to hold and treat as dear. To harbor is to provide with shelter and protection, so as to give opportunity for working to something that might be and often ought to be excluded.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be fond of; be attached to

Etymologies

Middle English cherishen, from Old French cherir, cheriss-, from cher, dear, from Latin cārus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cherir. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One aspect of my marriage that I truly cherish is the way Darrell and I work together as a team.

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  • I cannot sit idly by, while the way of life that I cherish is defiled.

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  • The only rendering I cherish is a drawing my son did after his first deer hunting trip at age 9.

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  • I think even in a more refined society, where people value art (cherish, is probably a better word than value), that something like LOST is going to fail the moment it stops making money for somebody.

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  • In other words, you want the right to protect your family but still hold the belief that the family you love and cherish is merely the latest step in an evolutionary change.

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  • The objective, which has been driving our government's health-care agenda over the past two years, can be summed up as the desire to ensure that our medicare system, the one that we all cherish, is able to survive and to thrive for future generations.

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  • And the difference between the people I love and the people I cherish is the difference between the people with a raw deal and a cold heart and the people with a raw deal and a soft, mushy heart.

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  • The "Godfather" that world audiences cherish is mostly the creation of Francis Ford Coppola, with whom Puzo shared a screenplay Oscar for the film.

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  • Part of the price of the freedom we all so greatly cherish is that measure of self-discipline, decency, and co-operation which will give to any national undertaking the full strength of a dedicated people.

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  • While they may not rhapsodize about things British, they know full well that the protecting charter of the way of life they cherish is British in origin and in guarantee.

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