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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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  • Still Joseph smiled, deeming himself master of the situation.

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  • And heated Fritz his helmet doffs, Not deeming he's a headless trunk.

British Dictionary definitions for deeming


(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 deeming



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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