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

Synonyms & Antonyms for esteem

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But no one is going to come out of it concerned for his self-esteem, either. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2022 Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her heart. al, 3 May 2022 Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her heart. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 That can be a good opportunity to explore and process deeper areas, such as having self-esteem issues or previous traumas. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 There's still traditional role models, but also there's self-esteem issues. Dan Snierson,, 17 Mar. 2021 Experts and parents say the aim is often to promote confidence and self-esteem in children and young people when they are faced with unexpected vitriol from the world. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2022 Forest Schools in Denmark help kids develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees. Erin Hill,, 23 Feb. 2022 Gender-affirming treatment builds self-esteem and improves overall quality of life, according to the US Office of Population Affairs, and studies show that the care improves general well-being. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For information on all that, and how fishing can help boost your self-esteem and clear your head, check out Take Me Fishing's blog on the additional mental benefits of fishing. Outside Online, 17 June 2020 Many have shown their support for Jada over her struggle with alopecia, pointing out the disparities in how self-esteem around hair loss affects Black women. Glenn Garner,, 11 Apr. 2022 Whether because of decency, laziness, or esteem for his reputation, Bourgoin’s interlocutors tended not to press him very hard. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 The Hierarchy of Needs continues, and includes more complex needs like love and belonging, esteem, and eventually, self actualization. Lindy Brewster, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 In return for these privileges, idols must please their benefactors by hiding their shortcomings or risk losing their fan base, sponsorships, or esteem. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 How might jurists who esteem their court, who value its history and integrity, respond to the credible threat of debasement by the executive? WSJ, 4 May 2021 It was also esteemed in Assyria, Babylonia and Persia, and the authors attributed the high price to the efforts required for its import to demanding regions. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 28 May 2020 That’s part of the reason my esteemed colleagues — OK, esteemed may be a bit strong — argue that the Cowboys will either move up or down in Thursday’s draft. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Esteem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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