• Esteem


    Alternative forms


    First at end of 16th century; from Middle French estimer, from Latin aestimare ("to value, rate, weigh, estimate"); see estimate, and aim, an older word, partly a doublet of esteem.

    Full definition of esteem



    1. favourable regard

    Derived terms


    1. To set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.
      • Bible, Job xxxvi. 19Will he esteem thy riches?
      • TennysonYou talk kindlier: we esteem you for it.
    2. To regard something as valuable; to prize.
    3. To look upon something in a particular way.Mary is an esteemed member of the community.
      • Bible, Deuteronomy xxxii. 15Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
      • Bishop GardinerThou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence.
      • HawthorneFamous men, whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural.
      • 1843, Thomas_Carlyle, , book 3, ch. V, The EnglishAnd greatly do I respect the solid character, — a blockhead, thou wilt say; yes, but a well- conditioned blockhead, and the best-conditioned, — who esteems all ‘Customs once solemnly acknowledged’ to be ultimate, divine, and the rule for a man to walk by, nothing doubting, not inquiring farther.
    4. (obsolete) To judge; to estimate; to appraiseThe Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.


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