verb (used without object)

to form or have an opinion; judge; think: He did not deem lightly of the issue.

verb (used with object)

to hold as an opinion; think; regard: He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.

Origin of deem

before 900; Middle English demen, Old English dēman; cognate with Gothic dōmjan, Old High German tuomen; see doom

Synonyms for deem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deeming

Contemporary Examples of deeming

Historical Examples of deeming

  • A little while I pondered this, deeming the thing desperate at first.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "If he so urges it, we'll not deny him," he said at last, deeming it best to humour her.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He had left his sword above-stairs, not deeming that he would be needing it at a wedding.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Still Joseph smiled, deeming himself master of the situation.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And heated Fritz his helmet doffs, Not deeming he's a headless trunk.

British Dictionary definitions for deeming



(tr) to judge or considerI do not deem him worthy of this honour

Word Origin for deem

Old English dēman; related to Old High German tuomen to judge, Gothic domjan; see doom
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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.

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