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First at end of 16th century; borrowed from Middle French estimer, from Latin aestimō (to value, rate, weigh, estimate); see estimate and aim, an older word, partly a doublet of esteem.


  • IPA(key): [ɛsˈtiːm]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːm


esteem (usually uncountable, plural esteems)

  1. Favourable regard.

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esteem (third-person singular simple present esteems, present participle esteeming, simple past and past participle esteemed)

  1. To set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.
    • Bible, Job xxxvi. 19
      Will he esteem thy riches?
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it.
  2. To regard something as valuable; to prize.
  3. To look upon something in a particular way.
    Mary is an esteemed member of the community.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxxii. 15
      Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Gardiner and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hawthorne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Famous men, whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. V, The English
      And greatly do I respect the solid character, — a blockhead, thou wilt say; yes, but a well- conditioned blockhead, and the best-conditioned, — who esteems all ‘Customs once solemnly acknowledged’ to be ultimate, divine, and the rule for a man to walk by, nothing doubting, not inquiring farther.
  4. (obsolete) To judge; to estimate; to appraise
    The Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.





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