esteem [ih-steem] SynonymsWord Origin verb (used with object)

  1. to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration: I esteem him for his honesty.
  2. to consider as of a certain value or of a certain type; regard: I esteem it worthless.
  3. Obsolete. to set a value on; appraise.


  1. favorable opinion or judgment; respect or regard: to hold a person in esteem.
  2. Archaic. opinion or judgment; estimation; valuation.

Origin of esteem 1400–50; late Middle English estemen, Middle French estimer Latin aestimāre to fix the value ofRelated formspre·es·teem, verb (used with object)un·es·teemed, adjectivewell-es·teemed, adjectiveSynonyms for esteem 1. honor, revere, respect. 4. favor, admiration, honor, reverence, veneration. Synonym study 1. See appreciate. 4. See respect.Antonyms for esteem 1. disdain. British Dictionary definitions for well-esteemed esteem verb (tr)

  1. to have great respect or high regard forto esteem a colleague
  2. formal to judge or consider; deemto esteem an idea improper


  1. high regard or respect; good opinion
  2. archaic judgment; opinion

Derived Formsesteemed, adjectiveWord Origin for esteem C15: from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre estimate Word Origin and History for well-esteemed esteem v.

mid-15c., from Middle French estimer (14c.), from Latin aestimare “to value, appraise,” perhaps ultimately from *ais-temos “one who cuts copper,” i.e. mints money (but de Vaan finds this “not very credible”). At first used as we would now use estimate; sense of “value, respect” is 1530s. Related: Esteemed; esteeming.

esteem n.

(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., “account, worth,” from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning “high regard” is from 1610s.

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