Cher·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cherished p. pr. & vb. n. Cherising.]
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. 7.
2. 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.
Syn: -- To nourish; foster; nurse; nurture; entertain; encourage; comfort; protect; support; See Nurture.
v : be fond of; be attached to [syn: care for, hold dear, treasure]