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.