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[deem] /dim/
verb (used without object)
to form or have an opinion; judge; think:
He did not deem lightly of the issue.
verb (used with object)
to hold as an opinion; think; regard:
He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
Origin of deem
before 900; Middle English demen, Old English dēman; cognate with Gothic dōmjan, Old High German tuomen; see doom
2. consider, hold, believe. Unabridged
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  • It was my duty to sound the pumps, but this I did not deem necessary.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nevertheless, clever men are less sentimental than we deem them.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Can a woman who feels as I do deem any earthly good a sacrifice for him she loves?

  • deem not this collocation simply a burlesque on Scientific categories.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • But you would not deem it vain if you were the woman now resting on your bosom.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for deem


(transitive) to judge or consider: I do not deem him worthy of this honour
Word Origin
Old English dēman; related to Old High German tuomen to judge, Gothic domjan; see doom
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Word Origin and History for deem

Old English deman "to judge, condemn, think, compute," from root of dom (see doom (n.)). Originally "to pronounce judgment" as well as "to form an opinion." The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c., a title formerly common throughout England and Scotland and preserved in the surname Dempster.

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