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Definition of esteem verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they esteem
    he / she / it esteems
    past simple esteemed
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2[usually passive] esteem somebody/something to respect and admire someone or something very much a highly esteemed scientist Many of these qualities are esteemed by managers. He was esteemed as a dedicated and imaginative scholar. This rose is esteemed among connoisseurs for its color and scent.
  3. 3esteem somebody/something + noun (old-fashioned) (formal) to think of someone or something in a particular way She was esteemed the perfect novelist.
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