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[deem] /dim/
verb (used without object)
to form or have an opinion; judge; think:
He did not deem lightly of the issue.
verb (used with object)
to hold as an opinion; think; regard:
He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
Origin of deem
before 900; Middle English demen, Old English dēman; cognate with Gothic dōmjan, Old High German tuomen; see doom
2. consider, hold, believe. Unabridged
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  • To write a series of good little tales I deem ample work for a life-time.

  • "I deem it quite unnecessary to do so, sir," answered the Colonel, haughtily.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • But why Mr. Vivian Grey should deem the fact of such overtures having been made 'impossible,' I confess, astonishes me.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • It would be as well,” I assented, “if you do not deem it too early?

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Once more I deem it a pity that Protestantism should have entirely laid aside this mode of appealing to the religious sentiment.

British Dictionary definitions for deem


(transitive) to judge or consider: I do not deem him worthy of this honour
Word Origin
Old English dēman; related to Old High German tuomen to judge, Gothic domjan; see doom
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Word Origin and History for deem

Old English deman "to judge, condemn, think, compute," from root of dom (see doom (n.)). Originally "to pronounce judgment" as well as "to form an opinion." The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c., a title formerly common throughout England and Scotland and preserved in the surname Dempster.

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