esteem

noun
es·teem | \i-ˈstēm \

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

esteem

verb
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

admire, appreciate, consider, regard, respect

Antonyms: Noun

disfavor

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Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Previous generations of royals picked courtiers and royals (both British and foreign) reflecting their esteem and respect. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018 Actress Paige Billiot had to develop a strong self-esteem from an early age. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Woman with Facial Birthmark Encourages Embracing 'Flaws': 'Our Flaws Are What Make Us Unique'," 27 Feb. 2018 If the diagnosis is real, a prescription can turn around a child's life in an instant, improving his ability to concentrate and jacking up his self-esteem. Ryan D'agostino, Esquire, "The Drugging of the American Boy," 27 Mar. 2014 After telling her mother about the incident and going through therapy, Gorman participated in pageants to build self-esteem and was named Miss Massachusetts World America in 2015, the Globe reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Massachusetts beauty queen steps down from pageant after #MeToo joke," 10 July 2018 While that’s a good self-esteem boost, the Division chinos got dinged for chafing in the thighs after only a quarter-mile of walking. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Testing Men's Crossover Office-to-Outdoors Pants," 2 July 2018 The current squad of stars such as Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic, and Ivan Rakitic will be held in the same esteem as the stars of ‘98 such as Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Slaven Bilic with one more victory. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 They were brought in last year after owner Jeanie Buss grew frustrated with how far the Lakers had fallen, especially in the esteem of big-name free agents. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "What you need to know as the Lakers head into free agency," 25 June 2018 The steeper the income gradient, the less secure everyone becomes, in both their self-respect and their sense of the community’s esteem. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Tempest' a satisfying whirl of wit and wizardry at Old Globe," 24 June 2018 Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends. BostonGlobe.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for esteem

Verb

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

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esteem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: respect and affection

esteem

verb

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

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

esteem

noun
es·teem | \i-ˈstēm \

Kids Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

esteem

verb
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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