- 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 deeming
Then Ultron materializes, deeming the Avengers “unworthy,” before summoning a fleet of drone suits to attack the heroes.‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Unmasked: Robert Downey Jr. and Co. Speak at Comic-Con
July 27, 2014
Unfortunately, no studios jumped at the project, deeming it too weird and inaccessible for a mainstream audience.Doomed Passion Projects of Hollywood: The Lost Classics of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and More
March 28, 2014
Deeming it to be “adulterated and misbranded,” they dyed the milk blue.Wisconsin Farmer to Stand Trial for Selling Raw Milk
May 12, 2013
After deeming earlier death-penalty rulings unconstitutional, the court had now upheld another one.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
As Winslet tried to keep her mouth upturned, Rinna frantically back-pedaled, deeming her the most beautiful woman at ceremony.10 Red-Carpet Catastrophes
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September 18, 2009
A little while I pondered this, deeming the thing desperate at first.The Shame of Motley
"If he so urges it, we'll not deny him," he said at last, deeming it best to humour her.The Sea-Hawk
He had left his sword above-stairs, not deeming that he would be needing it at a wedding.The Lion's Skin
Still Joseph smiled, deeming himself master of the situation.The Tavern Knight
And heated Fritz his helmet doffs, Not deeming he's a headless trunk.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
- (tr) to judge or considerI do not deem him worthy of this honour
Word Origin and History for deeming
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.