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

esteem

verb
ɪˈstiːm
 
; ɪˈstiːm
 
 
(formal) (not used in the progressive tenses)1 [usually passive] esteem somebody/something to respect and admire somebody/something very mucha highly esteemed scientistMany 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 esteem somebody/something + noun (old-fashioned, formal) to think of somebody/something in a particular wayShe was esteemed the perfect novelist.