cherishable, adj.cherisher, n.cherishingly, adv.
/cher"ish/, v.t.
1. to hold or treat as dear; feel love for: to cherish one's native land.
2. to care for tenderly; nurture: to cherish a child.
3. to cling fondly or inveterately to: to cherish a memory.
[1275-1325; ME cherisshen < MF cheriss- (long s. of cherir), equiv. to cher dear ( < L carus) + -iss -ISH2; akin to CHARITY]
Syn. 1, 2. CHERISH, FOSTER, HARBOR imply giving affection, care, or shelter to something. CHERISH suggests regarding or treating something as an object of affection or as valuable: to cherish a friendship. FOSTER implies sustaining and nourishing something with care, esp. in order to promote, increase, or strengthen it: to foster a hope; to foster enmity. HARBOR suggests giving shelter to or entertaining something undesirable, esp. evil thoughts or intentions: to harbor malice or a grudge. 2. nurse, nourish, sustain.
Ant. 2. neglect. 3. relinquish.

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