[ ih-steem ]
/ ɪˈstim /
verb (used with object)
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.
SYNONYMS FOR esteem
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Origin of esteem
1400–50; late Middle English estemen,<Middle French estimer<Latin aestimāre to fix the value of
OTHER WORDS FROM esteempre·es·teem, verb (used with object)un·es·teemed, adjectivewell-es·teemed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for esteem
/ (ɪˈstiːm) /
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
Derived forms of esteemesteemed, adjective
Word Origin for esteem
C15: from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre estimate
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