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
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)