- 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. 7.]
- To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious principle."To cherish virtue and humanity." [Burke.]synonyms: To nourish; foster; nurse; nurture; entertain; encourage; comfort; protect; support; See Nurture.
Etymology: F. chérir, fr. cher dear, fr. L. carus. See Caress Finish