- The definition of deem is to believe or judge.
An example of deem is thinking a child has done something wrong when they have a guilty look on their face.
deem definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English deman ; from Old English deman, to judge, decree ; from base of dom, doom
deem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb deemed, deem·ing, deems verb, transitive
- To have as an opinion; judge: deemed it was time for a change.
- To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Usage Note at as1.
Origin: Middle English demen, from Old English dēman; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
deem - Legal Definition