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Examples of deem in a Sentence
The principal will take whatever action she deems appropriate in this case.
I deem it fitting that we mark this solemn occasion with a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
Recent Examples of deem from the Web
In the worst scenario, Arconic would be deemed responsible and face penalties and costs ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, Rajeev Lalwani, an aerospace analyst with Morgan Stanley, said in a June 27 report.
AngloGold Ashanti, a gold-mining giant, last week announced plans to lay off 8,500 workers, a third of its South African workforce, at mines that are now deemed unprofitable.
A pregnancy was deemed successful if the female whale was later observed with her calf.
Major League Baseball and the Padres had rewritten the ground rule that drew scrutiny when an apparent home run by first baseman Wil Myers was deemed a double.
Of those, at least five have been ruled justifiable and therefore are not deemed criminal.
After learning of the calibration records, Burke deemed the traffic stop unwarranted and, reversing her earlier ruling, granted a motion to suppress evidence.
In California, San Francisco was deemed the hardest to get new supply built at No.
According to Joanna, the building was deemed a historic landmark 20 years ago, so the original character of The Elite Cafe will remain.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, "demen" was a fateful word. Closely related to "doom," this precursor of deem meant "to act as a judge" or "to sentence, condemn, or decree." These meanings passed to "deem" itself, but we haven't used "deem" to mean "legally condemn" since the early 17th century. Though "deem" is still frequently used in law contexts, today it means "judge" only in a broader sense of "to decide (something specified) regarding," as in "the act was deemed unlawful" or "the defendant is deemed to have agreed to the contract." Outside of the law, "deem" usually means simply "to consider." Some usage commentators consider "deem" pretentious, but its use is well established in both literary and journalistic contexts. We deem it perfectly acceptable.
Origin and Etymology of deem
Middle English demen, from Old English dēman; akin to Old High German tuomen to judge, Old English dōm doom
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
DEEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deem for English Language Learners
: to think of (someone or something) in a particular way
DEEM Defined for Kids
Definition of deem for Students
: to have as an opinion She deemed it wise to wait.
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