Definition of cherish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cherish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cherish
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it cherishes
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple cherished
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃt//
     
    past participle cherished
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃt//
     
    -ing form cherishing
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪʃɪŋ//
     
    Romance, Love
     
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  1. 1cherish somebody/something to love somebody/something very much and want to protect them or it Children need to be cherished. her most cherished possession See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2cherish something to keep an idea, a hope or a pleasant feeling in your mind for a long time Cherish the memory of those days in Paris. He cherishes the hope that one day they will meet again.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘treat with affection’): from Old French cheriss-, lengthened stem of cherir, from cher ‘dear’, from Latin carus.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cherish