- 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.
Origin of deemMiddle English deman ; from Old English deman, to judge, decree ; from base of dom, doom
verbdeemed, deem·ing, deems
- To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as1.
- To suppose or believe: “making little improvements which she deemed that he would value when she was gone” (Thomas Hardy).
Origin of deemMiddle English demen, from Old English dēman; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deems, present participle deeming, simple past and past participle deemed)
- (intransitive) To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; decide or believe on consideration; suppose.
- To hold in belief or estimation; adjudge as a conclusion; regard as being; evaluate according to one's beliefs; account.
- She deemed his efforts insufficient.
- (intransitive) To have or hold as a (personal) opinion; judge; think.
From Middle English demen, from Old English dēman (“to judge, determine, reckon, decide, decree, sentence, condemn, assign, deem, consider, think, estimate, compute, examine, prove, doom, condemn, praise, glorify, tell, declare”), from Proto-Germanic *dōmijaną (“to judge, think”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰē-, *dʰeh₁- (“to set, put, stell, lay”). Cognate with North Frisian dema (“to judge, recognise”), Dutch doemen (“to condemn, foredoom”), Danish dømme (“to judge”), Swedish döma (“to judge, sentence, condemn”), Russian думать (dúmat, “I think, consider, judge”) and probably Albanian them (“I say, believe, deem”). Related to doom.
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