Meaning of “treasure” in the English Dictionary

"treasure" in 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/

C2 to take great care of something because you love it or consider it very valuable:

I will always treasure those memories of my dad.
This pen that my grandfather gave me is one of my most treasured possessions.

(Definition of “treasure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"treasure" in American English

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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)