Definition of deem in English:

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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.

Words that rhyme with deem

abeam, agleam, beam, blaspheme, bream, deme, downstream, dream, esteem, extreme, gleam, hakim, kilim, meme, midstream, Nîmes, régime, scheme, scream, seam, seem, steam, stream, supreme, team, teem, theme, upstream

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