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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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  • Remarkably, the report does not deem those instances to be plagiarism.
  • The school will teach what the parents deem important.
  • Vivid graphics add zest to the dry facts, but true history buffs may deem much of this old hat.
  • Candidates may choose to submit other supporting materials as they deem appropriate.
  • Moderators screen every post and comment, and reject any material they deem inappropriate.
  • And both seem impervious to criticism that they deem unfair.
  • I'll share the big details I deem pertinent for them to know.
  • You just vote on whatever criteria you deem appropriate.
  • At least some officials deem the account credible.
  • Mine outward deeds then deem not, when mine intent you know not.
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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