- 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
- 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.
- 3esteem somebody/something + noun (old-fashioned) (formal) to think of someone or something in a particular way She was esteemed the perfect novelist.
NAmE//ɪˈstim//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they esteem
he / she / it esteems
past simple esteemed