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Cherish, 1) to hold dear, to embrace with affection, to harbour in the heart: “which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty c.” Sonn. 11, 12. “there's no virtue whipped out of the court; they c. it to make it stay there,” Wint. IV, 3, 97. “thy voluntary oath lives in this bosom, dearly --ed,” John III, 3, 24. “thou hast a better place in his affection than all thy brothers; c. it, my boy,” H4B IV, 4, 23. “hath taught us how to c. such high deeds even in the bosom of our adversaries,” H4A V, 5, 30. “whom thou wert sworn to c. and defend,” R3 I, 4, 213. “doth c. you and yours,” II, 1, 34.
Hence, to treat with tenderness, to give warmth, ease, or comfort to: “as Priam him did c., so did I Tarquin,” Lucr. 1546. “should have been --ed by her child-like duty,” Gentl. III, 1, 75. “he that --es my flesh and blood loves my flesh and blood,” All's I, 3, 51. “look to thy servants, c. thy guests,” H4A III, 3, 194. “the fox, who, ne'er so tame, so --ed and locked up,” V, 2, 10. “the better --ed, still the nearer death,” V, 2, 10 (the snake) “--ed in your breasts,” H6B III, 1, 344. “must gently be preserved, --ed and kept,” R3 II, 2, 119. “c. those hearts that hate thee,” H8 III, 2, 444. “I should kill thee with much --ing,” Rom. II, 2, 184. “better might we have loved without this mean, if this be not --ed,” Ant. III, 2, 33.
2) to treat in a manner to encourage growth, to foster, to nurse up: “to dry the old oak's sap and c. springs,” Lucr. 950. “what doth c. weeds but gentle air?” H6C II, 6, 21. “if thou dost love fair Hero, c. it,” Ado I, 1, 310. “killing that love which thou hast vowed to c.” Rom. III, 3, 129.
Hence == to promote, to support: “how you the purpose c. whiles thus you mock it,” Tp. II, 1, 224. “though you and all the rest so grossly led this juggling witchcraft with revenue c.” John III, 1, 169. “none so small advantage shall step forth to check his reign, but they will c. it,” III, 4, 152. “you that do abet him in this kind, c. rebellion and are rebels all,” R2 II, 3, 147. “swaying more upon our part than --ing the exhibiters against us,” H5 I, 1, 74. “and as we may, c. Duke Humphrey's deeds,” H6B I, 1, 203. “c. factions,” Tim. III, 5, 73.
3) to comfort, to encourage: “I leave to be, if I be not by her fair influence fostered, illumined, --ed, kept alive,” Gentl. III, 1, 184. “repair me with thy presence, Silvia; thou gentle nymph, c. thy forlorn swain,” V, 4, 12. “our crimes would despair, if they were not --ed by our virtues,” All's IV, 3, 86.
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