Esteem Es*teem", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Esteemed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Esteeming}.] [F. estimer, L. aestimare, aestumare, to value, estimate; perh. akin to Skr. ish to seek, strive, and E. ask. Cf. {Aim}, {Estimate}.] 1. To set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon. [1913 Webster]

Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. --Deut. xxxii. 15. [1913 Webster]

Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence. --Bp. Gardiner. [1913 Webster]

Famous men, -- whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. To set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship. [1913 Webster]

Will he esteem thy riches? --Job xxxvi. 19. [1913 Webster]

You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it. --Tennyson.

Syn: To estimate; appreciate; regard; prize; value; respect; revere. See {Appreciate}, {Estimate}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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