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

Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


esteemed; esteeming; esteems

Definition of esteem (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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

It’s been shown to psychologically to have the ability to affect their self-esteem or body image for the rest of their life. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Bullied for 'elf ears,' 11-year-old girl has plastic surgery to correct them | The Kansas City Star," 28 Feb. 2018 It’s been shown to psychologically to have the ability to affect their self-esteem or body image for the rest of their life. Karen Mizoguchi,, "11-Year-Old Va. Girl Gets Cosmetic Surgery After Being Bullied for Her 'Elf Ears'," 27 Feb. 2018 The connection is pretty obvious to anyone whose self-esteem or desire to socialize has taken a hit because of their skin problems, like Martinez said. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "'Bachelor' Star Bekah Martinez Says Hearing Unsolicited Advice About Her Severe Acne Is 'Demoralizing'," 23 Feb. 2018 Abuse affects a person’s self-esteem or sense of worth. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "For homeless women, violence is a pervasive part of their past and present, report shows," 19 Feb. 2018 When the children of a society grow up believing their self-esteem is created through external voyeurism, love is not possible. Wade Davis, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop the Cycle of Shame, and Teach Boys How to Love Themselves," 30 Apr. 2019 Lots of those consequences are positive: rooting for a team can give people a sense of community, a reason to socialize with other people, and boost fans’ self esteem when their team wins, experts say. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How watching the World Cup final might affect your health," 14 July 2018 Girls on the Run of Central Maryland Encourages preteen girls to develop healthy lifestyles and boost self-esteem through running. Howard County Times, "Howard County nonprofits directory," 1 Mar. 2018 Also on Wednesday, May 15, warrior planet Mars enters sensitive Cancer, the sign that overlooks your house of personal finance and self-esteem. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019

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 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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showing courage and determination

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