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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.
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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  • The white race deems itself to be the dominant race in this country.
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  • What the researcher deems as stressful environment for the mice is actually a setting closer to their natural habitat.
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  • And it behooves teachers to fill in the gaps wherever their professional judgment deems it necessary or prudent.
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  • The chairman asks him to state his inquiry, and if he deems it pertinent, he answers it.
  • Hence the savage is unwilling to touch or even to see that which he deems peculiarly holy.
  • What one deems meaningful is a personal private affair.
British Dictionary definitions for deems


(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 deems



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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