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- To set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.
- To regard something as valuable; to prize.
- To look upon something in a particular way.
- 1535, Edmund Bonner, De vera obedientia by Stephen Gardiner (Preface)
- Thou shouldest (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence.
- 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “ch. V, The English”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, →OCLC, book III (The Modern Worker):
- 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.
- (dated) To judge; to estimate; to appraise
- The Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.
to regard with respect
to regard as valuable
- John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “esteem”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
- “esteem”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “esteem”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.