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esteem

noun es·teem \ i-ˈstēm \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of esteem

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

Examples of esteem in a Sentence

  1. She has won esteem for her work with cancer patients.

  2. an athlete who is held in great esteem by her peers

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First Known Use of esteem

14th century


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esteem

verb

Definition of esteem

transitive verb
1 archaic : appraise
2 a : 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

Examples of esteem in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of esteem from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of esteem

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

Synonym Discussion of esteem

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

ESTEEM Defined for English Language Learners

esteem

noun

Definition of esteem for English Language Learners

  • : respect and affection


esteem

verb

Definition of esteem for English Language Learners

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


ESTEEM Defined for Kids

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esteem

noun es·teem \ i-ˈstēm \

Definition of esteem for Students

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

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esteem

verb

Definition of esteem for Students

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


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