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[ih-steem] /ɪˈstim/
verb (used with object)
to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration:
I esteem him for his honesty.
to consider as of a certain value or of a certain type; regard:
I esteem it worthless.
Obsolete. to set a value on; appraise.
favorable opinion or judgment; respect or regard:
to hold a person in esteem.
Archaic. opinion or judgment; estimation; valuation.
Origin of esteem
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English estemen, < Middle French estimer < Latin aestimāre to fix the value of
Related forms
preesteem, verb (used with object)
unesteemed, adjective
well-esteemed, adjective
1. honor, revere, respect. See appreciate. 4. favor, admiration, honor, reverence, veneration. See respect.
1. disdain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Every one strove who should most express his esteem of the amiable accused.

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • You cannot give your friendship where you cannot give your esteem.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • If you think I love you, and find me worthy of your esteem, that is sufficient regard for me.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Charles finished by rising in his own esteem for possessing such a wife.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • It is a regard, an esteem for oneself, too great to allow one to stoop to anything base or mean.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
British Dictionary definitions for esteem


verb (transitive)
to have great respect or high regard for: to esteem a colleague
(formal) to judge or consider; deem: to esteem an idea improper
high regard or respect; good opinion
(archaic) judgment; opinion
Derived Forms
esteemed, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāreestimate
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Word Origin and History for esteem

mid-15c., from Middle French estimer (14c.), from Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," perhaps ultimately from *ais-temos "one who cuts copper," i.e. mints money (but de Vaan finds this "not very credible"). At first used as we would now use estimate; sense of "value, respect" is 1530s. Related: Esteemed; esteeming.


(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., "account, worth," from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning "high regard" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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