cherish
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English cherisshen, from Anglo-French cheriss-, stem of cherir to cherish, from cher dear, from Latin carus — more at charity Date: 14th century 1. a. to hold dear ; feel or show affection for <
cherished her friends
>
b. to keep or cultivate with care and affection ; nurture <
cherishes his marriage
>
2. to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely <
still cherishes that memory
>
Synonyms: see appreciatecherishable adjectivecherisher noun

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