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"treasure" in British English

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treasurenoun

uk   /ˈtreʒ.ər/  us   /ˈtreʒ.ɚ/
  • treasure noun (VALUABLE THINGS)

B2 [U] very valuable things, usually in the form of a store of precious metals, precious stones, or money: Stories about pirates often include a search for buried treasure. When they opened up the tomb they found treasure beyond their wildest dreams.
treasures C2 [plural]
very valuable things, especially pieces of art: stolen art treasures The museum houses many priceless treasures.

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  • treasure noun (PERSON)

[C] mainly UK informal someone who is very helpful and valuable to you: I don't know what I'd have done without Lizzie when I was ill - she was an absolute treasure.
[C] mainly UK old-fashioned informal a friendly way of talking to someone, especially a child: Come on, treasure, let's go and see Granny.

treasureverb [T]

uk   /ˈtreʒ.ər/  us   /ˈtreʒ.ɚ/
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treasurenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtreʒ·ər/
great wealth, esp. in the form of a store of gold, silver, precious stones, or money: [U] Pirates are said to have buried treasure there.
A treasure is also anything of great value: [C] Jazz is America’s national treasure.

treasureverb [T]

 us   /ˈtreʒ·ər/
to take good care of something because you value it highly: I treasure these old snapshots of my grandparents.
(Definition of treasure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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