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deem

[deem] /dim/
verb (used without object)
1.
to form or have an opinion; judge; think:
He did not deem lightly of the issue.
verb (used with object)
2.
to hold as an opinion; think; regard:
He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
Origin of deem
900
before 900; Middle English demen, Old English dēman; cognate with Gothic dōmjan, Old High German tuomen; see doom
Synonyms
2. consider, hold, believe.
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  • Therefore, deeming themselves wise, Derry and Peter fled, leaving the dog and a double-barreled shotgun as safeguards.

  • A little while I pondered this, deeming the thing desperate at first.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • My father knew—as I learned afterwards—but deeming that what was done might not be undone, he held his peace.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • "If he so urges it, we'll not deny him," he said at last, deeming it best to humour her.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Finding that it was a man-child, I took advantage of the agony I saw you were in, deeming that my act would never be discovered.

    Tales of the Wonder Club M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
British Dictionary definitions for deeming

deem

/diːm/
verb
1.
(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 deeming

deem

v.

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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