Definition of deem in English:


Syllabification: deem
Pronunciation: /dēm


[with object and complement]
  • Regard or consider in a specified way: the event was deemed a great success [with object and infinitive]: the strike was deemed to be illegal
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    • At the same time, reports have emerged that the provincial government is making preparations to have the strike declared illegal by deeming it a public emergency.
    • Food was given between two and three stars with judges deeming the service to be slow at times.
    • In the event that scores are deemed to be level, a fourth round is contested to find an overall winner.
    consider, regard as, judge, adjudge, hold to be, view as, see as, take for, class as, count, find, suppose, reckon; think, believe to be, feel to be
    formal esteem


Old English dēman (also in the sense 'act as judge'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch doeman, also to doom.

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