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treasurenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtreʒ·ər/
greatwealth, esp. in the ​form of a ​store of ​gold, ​silver, ​preciousstones, or ​money: [U] Pirates are said to have ​buried treasure there.
A treasure is also anything of ​greatvalue: [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 ​oldsnapshots of my ​grandparents.
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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 ​preciousmetals, preciousstones, or ​money: Stories about ​pirates often ​include a ​search for buried treasure. When they ​opened up the ​tomb they ​found treasure beyond ​theirwildestdreams.
treasures C2 [plural]
very ​valuable things, ​especiallypieces of ​art: stolen art treasures The ​museumhouses 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/
(Definition of treasure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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