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

The pageant focuses on empowering young Latinas to grow in confidence and self-esteem. Houston Chronicle, "The Final Crowning: Introducing Miss Houston Latina 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 The unlucky ones — flailing in uninvolved families, struggling with mental health problems, or stewing in a pit of low-self-esteem — are especially vulnerable to predators’ attention. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Girls today are seemingly the fiercest America has ever produced. Why can’t we protect them?," 16 Aug. 2019 In Season 1, Annie struggled with her own lack of self-esteem, and challenges involving relationships with her parents, her boss, her best friend, an online troll, and a frustratingly immature boyfriend., "‘Shrill’ producer Max Handelman on growing up in Portland, and why the city is 'part of the DNA of the show’," 17 July 2019 Nowadays, Aurand prepares for his final season as a defenseman for Davenport and credits hockey for instilling him with healthy confidence and self-esteem. David Haugh,, "How hockey helps a collegiate player cope with autism: ‘When I get out on the ice, I always have felt I could be my true authentic self'," 25 June 2019 The sensation of building up, creating an ascending path of self-esteem, is something that Ellis hopes to foster and manipulate to her advantage. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Raining Goals on Thailand Wasn’t an Accident. It Was the U.S. Game Plan.," 12 June 2019 The animal can help the child improve their self-confidence, self-esteem, and social skills. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Enjoying the magic of pet therapy," 1 Aug. 2019 Already, according to the zoo’s report, Moke has learned one of the practices most closely associated in the public mind with self esteem and demonstrations of dominance in gorillas. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Washington’s young gorilla is becoming bolder," 9 July 2019 Further, shaming can have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem and mood with lifelong consequences including increased anxiety and depression., "Can punishing kids online do more harm than good?," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What modern Republicans and most gun rights advocates have forgotten is that the right to bear arms was always weighed against another right the Founders esteemed highly: the peace. Saul Cornell, The New Republic, "The Second-Amendment Case for Gun Control," 4 Aug. 2019 Texan Beto O’Rourke didn’t think to mention his state’s esteemed former Gov. Ann Richards. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The ‘Wife Guys’ of the 2020 presidential race," 20 June 2019 As the night's end neared, industry legend Clive Davis made the presentation for the Johnny Mercer Award -- an award so esteemed that only songwriters already in the SHOF are eligible to receive it -- to Carole Bayer Sager. Ed Christman, Billboard, "At 50, Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony Focuses on Creator Recognition With Star-Studded Event," 14 June 2019 In 2014, Botswana’s Okavango Delta became the 1,000th site inscribed on UNESCO’s esteemed World Heritage list. National Geographic, "Jewel in the Desert: Saving the Okavango Delta," 8 Apr. 2019 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

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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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