Definition of esteem in English:


Line breaks: es¦teem
Pronunciation: /ɪˈstiːm
, ɛ-/


[mass noun]


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  • 2 formal Consider; deem: [with two objects]: I should esteem it a favour if you could speak to them
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    • We esteem it a privilege to have had her with us here.
    • I would esteem it a favour if you would accept these two photos.
    • Most of the greatest minds in history belonged to those who were esteemed to be mentally unstable.
    consider, regard as, deem, hold to be, think, think of as, reckon, count, account, believe, judge, adjudge, rate, class as, gauge, look on as, view as, see as, interpret as


Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'worth, reputation'): from Old French estime (noun), estimer (verb), from Latin aestimare 'to estimate'. The verb was originally in the Latin sense, also 'appraise' (compare with estimate), used figuratively to mean 'assess the merit of'. Current senses date from the 16th century.

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