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[ih-steem] /ɪˈstim/
verb (used with object)
to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration:
I esteem him for his honesty.
to consider as of a certain value or of a certain type; regard:
I esteem it worthless.
Obsolete. to set a value on; appraise.
favorable opinion or judgment; respect or regard:
to hold a person in esteem.
Archaic. opinion or judgment; estimation; valuation.
Origin of esteem
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English estemen, < Middle French estimer < Latin aestimāre to fix the value of
Related forms
preesteem, verb (used with object)
unesteemed, adjective
well-esteemed, adjective
1. honor, revere, respect. See appreciate. 4. favor, admiration, honor, reverence, veneration. See respect.
1. disdain. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for esteem


verb (transitive)
to have great respect or high regard for: to esteem a colleague
(formal) to judge or consider; deem: to esteem an idea improper
high regard or respect; good opinion
(archaic) judgment; opinion
Derived Forms
esteemed, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāreestimate
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Word Origin and History for esteem

mid-15c., from Middle French estimer (14c.), from Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," perhaps ultimately from *ais-temos "one who cuts copper," i.e. mints money (but de Vaan finds this "not very credible"). At first used as we would now use estimate; sense of "value, respect" is 1530s. Related: Esteemed; esteeming.


(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., "account, worth," from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning "high regard" is from 1610s.

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