- 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 esteem
But before the former First Lady left the Obama Administration, the Tanzanian Ambassador wanted to give her a token of esteem.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
Even I, despite my near-death experience, esteem nurse practitioners highly.Nurse Practitioners Playing Doctor More Often
May 27, 2013
As Reihan notes, Americans seem to esteem marriage as much as ever.The Collapse of Economic Possibilities for Working-Class Men is Harming Marriage
March 27, 2013
It is that esteem of his tactical genius—perhaps alone—that has fed steady suspense into the campaign for his reelection.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?
May 4, 2012
Losing our esteem can make us want to comfort-eat, and losing income drives poor food choices.Will I Get Fat? 15 Signs You'll Gain Weight
November 10, 2011
What other form of government, indeed, can so well deserve our esteem and love?
If you have forfeited man's respect and esteem, there is a God with whom there is mercy and forgiveness.Life in London
I am with esteem, Your most obedient humble servant, N. Greene.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Amelia, however, succeeded only in raising herself in his esteem.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
No one could esteem him while living, and no one regretted him when dead.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- 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 esteem
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.