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  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}.