Pronunciation: (cher'ish), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.