- Esteem is defined as the perceived worth that someone or something is afforded.
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.
An example of esteem is to think very highly of a smart person.
- to have great regard for; value highly; respect
- to hold to be; consider; regard: we esteem it an honor to be invited
Origin of esteemMiddle English estemen ; from Old French estimer ; from Classical Latin aestimare, to value, appraise, estimate; probably ; from an unverified form ais-temos, one who cuts copper, mints money ; from Indo-European an unverified form ayos- (L aes), brass, copper (see ore) + an unverified form tem-, to cut: see -tomy
- favorable opinion; high regard; respect: to be held in high esteem
- Archaic an opinion; estimation
transitive verbes·teemed, es·teem·ing, es·teems
- To regard with respect; prize. See Synonyms at appreciate.
- To regard as; consider: esteemed it an honor to help them.
- Favorable regard; respect. See Synonyms at regard.
- Archaic Judgment; opinion.
Origin of esteemMiddle English estemen, to appraise, from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre.
(third-person singular simple present esteems, present participle esteeming, simple past and past participle esteemed)