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- To set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Job 36:19:
- Will he esteem thy riches?
- 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748, (please specify the page number, or |part=prologue, I to VII, or conclusion):
- You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it.
- To regard something as valuable; to prize.
- To look upon something in a particular way.
- Mary is an esteemed member of the community.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Deuteronomy 32:15:
- Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
- 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.
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter 9, in The Scarlet Letter, a Romance, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, OCLC 223202227:
- 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.
- (obsolete) 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
- “esteem”, in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
- esteem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- esteem in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.