Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cherish"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cherish \Cher"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cherished}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Cherising}.] [F. ch['e]rir, fr. cher dear, fr. L.
carus. See {Caress}, {Finish}.]
1. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with
care; to protect and aid.

We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth
her children. --1 Thess. ii.

2. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to
encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious

To cherish virtue and humanity. --Burke.

Syn: To nourish; foster; nurse; nurture; entertain;
encourage; comfort; protect; support; See {Nurture}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v : be fond of; be attached to [syn: {care for}, {hold dear}, {treasure}]

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