KJV Dictionary Definition: cherish


CHERISH, n. The prince of Mecca; a high priest among the Mohammedans.


1. To treat with tenderness and affection; to give warmth, ease or comfort to.

We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children. 1 Thess. 2.

The damsel was fair and cherished the king. 1 Kings 1.

2. To hold as dear; to embrace with affection; to foster, and encourage; as, to cherish the principles of virtue; to cherish religion in the heart.

3. To treat in a manner to encourage growth, by protection, aid, attendance, or supplying nourishment; as, to cherish tender plants.

4. To harbor; to indulge and encourage in the mind; as, to cherish ill will, or any evil passion.


CHERISHED, pp. Treated with tenderness; warmed; comforted; fostered.


CHERISHER, n. One who cherishes; an encourager; a supporter.


CHERISHING, ppr. Warming; comforting; encouraging; fostering; treating with affection.


CHERISHMENT, n. Encouragement; comfort.