Deem definition

dēm
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To regard as; consider.

Deemed the results unsatisfactory.

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To suppose or believe.
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To think, believe, or judge.
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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.

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To consider or assume that a thing has the attributes or qualities of something else; for example, for certain legal purposes, a corporation is deemed to be a person.
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(intransitive) To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; decide or believe on consideration; suppose.
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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.

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(intransitive) To have or hold as a (personal) opinion; judge; think.
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To have an opinion; think.
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Origin of deem

  • Middle English demen from Old English dēman dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary