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

     

    esteem

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːm//
     
    (formal)(not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they esteem
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːm//
     
    he / she / it esteems
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːmz//
     
    past simple esteemed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːmd//
     
    past participle esteemed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːmd//
     
    past simple esteeming
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    past participle esteeming
    BrE BrE//ɪˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] esteem somebody/something to respect and admire somebody/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 colour and scent.
  2. 2esteem somebody/something + noun (old-fashioned, formal) to think of somebody/something in a particular way She was esteemed the perfect novelist.
  3. Word Origin Middle 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.
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