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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. 4. favor, admiration, honor, reverence, veneration.
1. disdain.
Synonym Study
1. See appreciate. 4. See respect. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for esteeming
Historical Examples
  • There were Dunkards in the Valley who refused to go to war, esteeming it a sin.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It is quite natural that their ways of esteeming a collection should not be as our ways.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • The youths are adorned with gold, esteeming it for its fiery appearance.

  • I soon learnt to esteem you; and in esteeming, became attached to you.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • As for esteeming him, she rejected the very thought precisely because he had married her.

    Juana Honore de Balzac
  • esteeming her at this price, it is not remarkable if she came to be his only wife.

  • esteeming the gift, they, in their ignorance, ate it without fear.

  • Again and again did he ask himself, how was it that esteeming him thus she was willing to join her fate to his?

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Of a breastplate or helmet they knew not the use, esteeming them an impediment through the marshes.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • His father, who was a farmer in the middle ranks of life, rejoiced in the fact, esteeming it full of promise for the future.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for esteeming


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 esteeming



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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