es·​teem | \ i-ˈstēm How to pronounce esteem (audio) \

Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : worth, value
2 archaic : opinion, judgment
3 : the regard in which one is held especially : high regard the esteem we all feel for her


esteemed; esteeming; esteems

Definition of esteem (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : appraise
2a : to view as : consider esteem it a privilege
b : think, believe
3 : to set a high value on : regard highly and prize accordingly an esteemed guest

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Synonyms & Antonyms for esteem

Synonyms: Noun

account, admiration, appreciation, estimation, favor, regard, respect

Synonyms: Verb

account, call, consider, count, hold, look (on or upon), rate, reckon, regard, set down, view

Antonyms: Noun


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regard, respect, esteem, admire mean to recognize the worth of a person or thing. regard is a general term that is usually qualified. he is highly regarded in the profession respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation. after many years they came to respect her views esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation. no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection. a friend that I truly admire

Examples of esteem in a Sentence


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


I had esteemed the whole affair to be a colossal waste of time. although the works of the Impressionist painters are esteemed today, they met with scorn when they were introduced
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Any reason can undermine your well-being and chip away at your self-esteem. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome," 8 Nov. 2018 Scenes from the girls’ childhood will be seen as well, with the story jumping back and forth in time, past memories illuminating themes of identity, the search for self-esteem and the deep, complex bonds among sisters. Glenn Whipp,, "Why it's a perfect time for Greta Gerwig's version of 'Little Women'," 5 July 2018 Rodriguez said adaptive sports have given her more confidence, self-esteem and a sense of independence. Pam Kragen,, "Elite adaptive surfers offer an ocean of possibilities," 29 June 2018 Professors from the University of California were to study the links between self-esteem and healthy personal development. Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times, "How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story," 21 June 2018 Research also suggests that failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles may affect a woman’s self esteem and further exacerbate depression. Samantha Saltz, M.d., miamiherald, "Few discuss the emotional toll of struggling to conceive a child," 30 May 2018 The Miss Amazing program gives these young girls and women with disabilities an opportunity to build their confidence and self-esteem in a supportive and encouraging environment. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 8 May 2018 Her role is to help youths open up and express themselves, to discover voices and talents and develop confidence and self-esteem. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "There's just something about the power of music: It helps us heal, cope, brings joy | The Kansas City Star," 6 Apr. 2018 The study found that men and women who use the app appear to have lower self-esteem than those who don't. Juliet Marateck, CNN, "Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Does Dowling, the former longtime artistic chief of Minneapolis’ esteemed Guthrie Theater, push the almost vaudevillian streak of this staging a little far? James Hebert,, "'Tempest' a satisfying whirl of wit and wizardry at Old Globe," 24 June 2018 Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends., "Senators band together to fight closure of Boston office that handles federal employee rights," 2 May 2018 Despite previous reports insisting that Brad Pitt and esteemed MIT professor Neri Oxman have a strictly-professional relationship, a source close to the actor told Us Weekly that a romance has indeed blossomed between the pair. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Has Reportedly Been "Quietly Dating" MIT Professor Neri Oxman Since Last Fall," 11 Apr. 2018 Cresswell himself grew up in Liverpool, and got his start at Tranmere Rovers esteemed academy., "Everton Plotting Summer Move for West Ham Man to Compete With Injury-Prone Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Although Rabbi Shteinman was also esteemed as a great sage, his unofficial bailiwick was promoting lifelong Torah study by adult men, upholding standards of the yeshivas and finessing political dealings with the Israeli government. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Aharon Leib Shteinman, Ultra-Orthodox Leader in Israel, Dies at 104," 13 Dec. 2017 Her suggestions are rather gauzy in the face of a new wing of America’s left that no longer esteems freedom of speech as a value worth fighting for. The Economist, "Rethinking free speech on campus," 14 Oct. 2017 He is highly esteemed by the coaching staff and the management., "Vincenzo Montella Stresses the Importance of His Side's Late Win Against Cagliari," 28 Aug. 2017 In 1974 and over the next 10 years after that, the American Double Dutch League hosted citywide competitions at New York City’s esteemed Lincoln Center. Danielle Young, The Root, "Watch: Is Double Dutch a Traditionally Black Sport?," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of esteem


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for esteem


Middle English estemen to estimate, from Anglo-French estimer, from Latin aestimare

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English Language Learners Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: respect and affection



English Language Learners Definition of esteem (Entry 2 of 2)

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


es·​teem | \ i-ˈstēm How to pronounce esteem (audio) \

Kids Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: respect and affection Her work with children has won her esteem.


esteemed; esteeming

Kids Definition of esteem (Entry 2 of 2)

: to think favorably of He was esteemed as a man of generosity.

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