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 The new generation is kicking forward with high self-esteem, and I am thrilled on their behalf. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Another reason people procrastinate, Sirois said, is because of low self-esteem. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 With mental health problems becoming more prevalent, children with low self-esteem could become a victim of this kind of teaching. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 9 June 2021 With mental health problems becoming more prevalent, children with low self-esteem could become a victim of this kind of teaching. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 With mental health problems becoming more prevalent, children with low self-esteem could become a victim of this kind of teaching. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Social media sites can also be an ideal vector for cyberbullying and sometimes promote feelings of inadequacy amongst individuals with low self-esteem. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 26 May 2021 West said answering why one matters can be difficult for people who may have struggled with self esteem, self image and self acceptance. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, 17 May 2021 According to the American Psychological Association, experiencing unwanted pregnancies can lead to mental health ramifications, such as lower self-esteem and higher levels of anxiety. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 Oct. 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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“Esteem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esteem. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for esteem

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 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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