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- Rhymes: -iːm
- To regard someone with respect
- Esteem your elders, boy.
- To regard something as valuable; to prize.
- To look upon something in a particular way.
- Mary is an esteemed member of the community
- 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.
- (obsolete) To judge; to estimate; to appraise
- The Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989
to regard with respect
- esteem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- esteem in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911