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From Old French cherir.



cherish (third-person singular simple present cherishes, present participle cherishing, simple past and past participle cherished)

  1. To treat with affection, care, and tenderness; to nurture or protect with care.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
  2. To have a deep appreciation of; to hold dear.
    I cherish your friendship.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: [] , London: Printed [by R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] [] , published 1602, OCLC 316392309, Act III, scene iv:
      Tuc[ca]. [] Can thy Author doe it impudently enough? / Hiſt[rio]. O, I warrant you, Captaine: and ſpitefully inough too; he ha's one of the moſt ouerflowing villanous wits, in Rome. He will ſlander any man that breathes; If he diſguſt him. / Tucca. I'le know the poor, egregious, nitty Raſcall; and he haue ſuch commendable Qualities, I'le cheriſh him: []
  3. (obsolete) To cheer, to gladden.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene,
      Her merry fit she freshly gan to reare, / And did of ioy and iollitie deuize, / Her selfe to cherish, and her guest to cheare [...].