- 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
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Examples from the Web for esteemed
And why would the Innocence Project, an esteemed group dedicated to freeing the wrongly imprisoned, have framed an innocent man?Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project
November 13, 2014
Theda Skocpol, the esteemed Harvard social scientist, agrees with Cohen that they will set up the exchanges.Will GOP Govs Really Rescue Obamacare?
November 12, 2014
An esteemed historian of Southern culinary culture, Ferris had all the utensils to do some serious carving on Paula Deen.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
“My esteemed mentor, Boris Fruman, showed us 100 slides of stills from films,” says Granik.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director
October 24, 2014
Ross is an esteemed paleontologist and university professor.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
It was kind of Mrs. Hardy to shew this interest, and Mrs. Weston esteemed her for it.Life in London
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 Chinese Fairy Book
The genius of destruction has done its work, you say, O my esteemed Master?The Book of Khalid
- to have great respect or high regard forto esteem a colleague
- formal to judge or consider; deemto esteem an idea improper
- high regard or respect; good opinion
- archaic judgment; opinion
Word Origin and History for esteemed
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.