Esteem is defined as the perceived worth that someone or something is afforded.(noun)
An example of esteem is the worth of a president who everyone likes.
To esteem is defined as to respect, have regard for or admire something.(verb)
An example of esteem is to think very highly of a smart person.
See esteem in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME estemen < OFr estimer < L aestimare, to value, appraise, estimate; prob. < *ais-temos, one who cuts copper, mints money < IE *ayos- (L aes), brass, copper (see ore) + *tem-, to cut: see -tomy
See esteem in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb es·teemed, es·teem·ing, es·teems
Origin: Middle English estemen, to appraise
Origin: , from Old French estimer
Origin: , from Latin aestimāre.
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