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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


Synonym study

1. See appreciate. 4. See respect.


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Examples from the Web for esteeming

Historical Examples

  • There were Dunkards in the Valley who refused to go to war, esteeming it a sin.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • It is quite natural that their ways of esteeming a collection should not be as our ways.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • The youths are adorned with gold, esteeming it for its fiery appearance.

  • I soon learnt to esteem you; and in esteeming, became attached to you.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • As for esteeming him, she rejected the very thought precisely because he had married her.


    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for esteeming


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 esteeming



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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