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verb (used with object)
  1. to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration: I esteem him for his honesty.
  2. to consider as of a certain value or of a certain type; regard: I esteem it worthless.
  3. Obsolete. to set a value on; appraise.
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  1. favorable opinion or judgment; respect or regard: to hold a person in esteem.
  2. Archaic. opinion or judgment; estimation; valuation.
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Origin of esteem

1400–50; late Middle English estemen, < Middle French estimer < Latin aestimāre to fix the value of
Related formspre·es·teem, verb (used with object)un·es·teemed, adjectivewell-es·teemed, adjective


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1. See appreciate. 4. See respect.


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Related Words

venerate, revere, treasure, love, prize, like, regard, appreciate, apprise, value, worship, admire, reverence, cherish, respect, idolize, honor, consider, account, calculate

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  • It was kind of Mrs. Hardy to shew this interest, and Mrs. Weston esteemed her for it.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Nothing is esteemed a miracle, if it ever happen in the common course of nature.

  • That did not seem likely to one who esteemed Mrs. Hallam's acumen as highly as Kirkwood did.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • And they esteemed and loved each other twice as much as they had before.

  • The genius of destruction has done its work, you say, O my esteemed Master?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for esteemed


verb (tr)
  1. to have great respect or high regard forto esteem a colleague
  2. formal to judge or consider; deemto esteem an idea improper
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  1. high regard or respect; good opinion
  2. archaic judgment; opinion
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Derived Formsesteemed, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre estimate
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Word Origin and History for esteemed



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.

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(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., "account, worth," from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning "high regard" is from 1610s.

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