deem

verb
\ ˈdēm \
deemed; deeming; deems

Definition of deem

transitive verb

: to come to think or judge : consider deemed it wise to go slow those whom she deemed worthy a movie deemed appropriate for all ages

intransitive verb

: to have an opinion : believe

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Synonyms for deem

Synonyms

allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], believe, conceive, consider, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, think

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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.

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.

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The race was an uphill battle from the start—North Carolina’s districts have already been deemed too gerrymandered by the courts. Jenny Kaplan, Glamour, "I Watched My Mom Lose on Election Day. Here's What We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 Some of the world’s most destructive earthquakes — China in 2008, Haiti in 2010 and Japan in 2011, among them — occurred in areas that seismic hazard maps had deemed relatively safe. Cade Metz, The Seattle Times, "The next Big One? Earthquake scientists look to AI.," 26 Oct. 2018 In his 18-month tenure at the EPA, Pruitt, who resigned last month, made a practice of deregulating materials and practices which had been previously deemed hazardous by the federal government due to health concerns. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "AIA says EPA should impose a ‘blanket ban’ on asbestos," 9 Aug. 2018 The Temporary Protected Status designation is a humanitarian program that protects immigrants in the United States whose countries have been deemed too perilous to return to because of natural disaster or armed conflicts. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants," 13 July 2018 Following his arrest in NYC on Wednesday (July 11), rapper 6ix9ine was reportedly denied bail after facing a Manhattan judge on Thursday (July 12) as the Brooklyn native has allegedly been deemed a flight risk. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "6ix9ine Denied Bail Following NYC Arrest, Deemed Flight Risk," 13 July 2018 Executive Director Ashley Berg said 97 percent of the schools the ACLU claimed were not in compliance have been deemed compliant by the board. Craig Harris, azcentral, "The charter-vs.-district school funding debate: Who gets more money?," 12 July 2018 Pjaca failed to make any real impact in Gelsenkirchen though, and has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Italian giants as a result. SI.com, "Juventus Reportedly Name Price for Unwanted Star as Liverpool Consider Making Transfer Bid," 9 July 2018 Fentanyl and Carfentanil have been deemed more potent than heroin, with short periods of exposure to the drugs in powder form posing a hazard for emergency personnel. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF researcher gets $1 million grant to help protect emergency personnel from opioids," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'deem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of deem

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for deem

Middle English demen, from Old English dēman; akin to Old High German tuomen to judge, Old English dōm doom

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deem

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deem

formal : to think of (someone or something) in a particular way

deem

verb
\ ˈdēm \
deemed; deeming

Kids Definition of deem

: to have as an opinion She deemed it wise to wait.

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