esteem

noun
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

esteem

verb
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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 At every stage, parents can model and teach positive, prosocial behaviors, give corrective feedback and boost self-esteem. Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, USA TODAY, "What is scaffold parenting? It could be the key to help kids adjust to post-pandemic life," 18 Feb. 2021 But while Timberlake continued to rise in the media’s esteem, Spears, 21 and now painted as a villain, was treated as such. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Justin Timberlake Made A Career At The Expense Of Women," 12 Feb. 2021 Their brief correspondence arose from this esteem for her prose and poetry. New York Times, "Personal Canons, Foster Care and Other Letters to the Editor," 12 Feb. 2021 Videos on helping children with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and coping with grief. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Dear Struggling Parents, It's Not Just You. This Is Hard," 31 Jan. 2021 So while the Wild does enjoy relative esteem in hockey just as the Yankees do in baseball, the biggest advantage by far — the ability to spend at will — is not shared at all. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "What do you think? Wild should dominate NHL like Yankees dominate MLB?," 8 Jan. 2021 Few things can decimate one’s self-esteem like a bad haircut, and some men feel that taking their strands into their own hands only invites disaster. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "George Clooney Cuts His Own Hair. Should You?," 21 Dec. 2020 The suicide deaths of Sulli, Goo Hara and SHINee’s Jonghyun at 25, 28 and 27, respectively, prompted discussions around the pressures of being a K-pop star, particularly around overworking and self-esteem issues. Washington Post, "After the untimely deaths of young rappers, fans are determined to continue their legacy," 4 Dec. 2020 Brown anticipates that Harris' position will have a positive impact on girls' and children of color's self-esteem and occupation choice, based on prior research. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Talk to your kids about Kamala Harris and other elected women," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Cannabis was used for religious rites at a biblical site in Israel, study finds," 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, "Trade up, down or stay put? Our experts break down 3 possible scenarios for the Cowboys in the NFL draft," 20 Apr. 2020 Polan, born in 1982 in Ann Arbor and raised in Franklin, was esteemed in the New York art scene for, among other works, taking on the incredible task of drawing every person in the city. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan native Jason Polan, beloved New York artist, dies at 37," 29 Jan. 2020 The father of democracy in Hong Kong is widely acknowledged to be Martin Lee, whom many of us have esteemed for decades. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Fighting for Hong Kong," 24 Oct. 2019 Robert Thrasher, a former student now practicing law in New York City, says Mr. Skeel is esteemed at the law school for his work and beloved for his engaging and generous personality. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jealousy at Ivy League level: How a law professor views Tenth Commandment," 23 Dec. 2019 This is the beauty of literature, in fact — and the reason that thoughtful agnostics (such as Jordan Peterson) and clever atheists (like Camille Paglia) so esteem the Bible. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Chilling Case of Dr. Mackereth," 8 Oct. 2019 To you, the flirting was harmless, something to pass the time, or even boost your self esteem a little. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Is Flirting Cheating?," 9 Sep. 2019 Megan Fitzroy Phelan, a veteran of Manhattan’s esteemed Daniel restaurant and Sullivan Street Bakery, creates desserts, only subtly sweet, that are very much to my taste. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Richmond, two new enchanting reasons to drive and dine," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of esteem

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for esteem

Verb

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

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The first known use of esteem was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Esteem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esteem. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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esteem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of esteem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: respect and affection

esteem

verb

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

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

esteem

noun
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.

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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