noun es·teem \i-ˈstēm\

: respect and affection

Full Definition of ESTEEM

archaic :  worth, value
archaic :  opinion, judgment
:  the regard in which one is held; especially :  high regard <the esteem we all feel for her>

Examples of ESTEEM

  1. She has won esteem for her work with cancer patients.
  2. <an athlete who is held in great esteem by her peers>

First Known Use of ESTEEM

14th century



: to think very highly or favorably of (someone or something)

Full Definition of ESTEEM

transitive verb
archaic :  appraise
a :  to view as :  consider <esteem it a privilege>
b :  think, believe
:  to set a high value on :  regard highly and prize accordingly <an esteemed guest>

Examples of ESTEEM

  1. <I had esteemed the whole affair to be a colossal waste of time.>
  2. <although the works of the Impressionist painters are esteemed today, they met with scorn when they were introduced>

Origin of ESTEEM

Middle English estemen to estimate, from Anglo-French estimer, from Latin aestimare
First Known Use: 15th century


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