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esteem

[ih-steem] /ɪˈstim/
verb (used with object)
1.
to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration:
I esteem him for his honesty.
2.
to consider as of a certain value or of a certain type; regard:
I esteem it worthless.
3.
Obsolete. to set a value on; appraise.
noun
4.
favorable opinion or judgment; respect or regard:
to hold a person in esteem.
5.
Archaic. opinion or judgment; estimation; valuation.
Origin of esteem
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. honor, revere, respect. 4. favor, admiration, honor, reverence, veneration.
Antonyms
1. disdain.
Synonym Study
1. See appreciate. 4. See respect.
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  • It was kind of Mrs. Hardy to shew this interest, and Mrs. Weston esteemed her for it.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Nothing is esteemed a miracle, if it ever happen in the common course of nature.

  • That did not seem likely to one who esteemed Mrs. Hallam's acumen as highly as Kirkwood did.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And they esteemed and loved each other twice as much as they had before.

  • The genius of destruction has done its work, you say, O my esteemed Master?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for esteemed

esteem

/ɪˈstiːm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to have great respect or high regard for: to esteem a colleague
2.
(formal) to judge or consider; deem: to esteem an idea improper
noun
3.
high regard or respect; good opinion
4.
(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 esteemed

esteem

v.

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.

esteem

n.

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

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