Definition of esteem noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːm//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːm//
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[uncountable] (formal) great respect and admiration; a good opinion of somebody She is held in high esteem by her colleagues. Over the years, he has earned our affection and esteem. Please accept this small gift as a token of our esteem. see also self-esteem Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun in the sense ‘worth, reputation’): from Old French estime (noun), estimer (verb), from Latin aestimare ‘to estimate’. The verb was originally in the Latin sense, also ‘appraise’ (compare with estimate), used figuratively to mean ‘assess the merit of’. Current senses date from the 16th cent.Extra examples He had lost all of his personal esteem. He is held in the highest esteem by all who know him. Her work has been steadily gaining critical esteem in recent years. I have great esteem for you. I needed to do it for my own personal esteem. It is easy for children to lose their self-esteem. Recent reviews of her work have raised her esteem. She had earned the esteem of everyone in the town. The school’s aim is to build the self-esteem of the children. We parted with expressions of mutual esteem. We would like to offer you this gift as a mark of our esteem. the high public esteem now enjoyed by the armed forces the level of social esteem accorded to doctors the public’s esteem for the president the status of teachers in the public esteem
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