- to form or have an opinion; judge; think: He did not deem lightly of the issue.
- to hold as an opinion; think; regard: He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
Origin of deem
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Examples from the Web for deemed
The event was a devastating one for Sierra Leone, deemed a “super-spreader” by The New York Times.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
One of the stories, “On the Hill,” was deemed “a work of genius.”The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
The instant you are deemed a candidate for arrest, you become not so much a person as a “perp.”‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
In the weird world of fashion, that means she is deemed ‘plus-size.’Let’s Get Rid of ‘Plus-Size’ for Good
November 12, 2014
Some three dozen had answered affirmatively to both and were deemed “fever with travel” jobs.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
To serve your friend would have been, I deemed, a labour of love.
They knew not what deed it was that they deemed themselves resolved to do.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
Every thought was bent to attain the end, no labour was deemed to arduous.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This fact has been doubted; but why should It be deemed incredible?
At this intolerable assertion as he deemed it, Edward Gilder was reanimated.Within the Law
- (tr) to judge or considerI do not deem him worthy of this honour
Word Origin and History for deemed
past tense of deem (q.v.).
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.