What does esteem mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. esteem, regard, respectnoun

    the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)

    "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard"

  2. admiration, esteemnoun

    a feeling of delighted approval and liking

  3. respect, esteem, regardverb

    an attitude of admiration or esteem

    "she lost all respect for him"

  4. respect, esteem, value, prize, priseverb

    regard highly; think much of

    "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"

  5. think of, repute, regard as, look upon, look on, esteem, take to beverb

    look on as or consider

    "she looked on this affair as a joke"; "He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician"; "He is reputed to be intelligent"


  1. esteemnoun

    favourable regard

  2. esteemverb

    To regard someone with respect

    Esteem your elders, boy.

  3. esteemverb

    to regard something as valuable; to prize

  4. esteemverb

    to look upon something in a particular way

    Mary is an esteemed member of the community

  5. esteemverb

    To judge; to estimate; to appraise

    The Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.

  6. Etymology: First at end of 16th century; from estimer, from aestimare; see estimate, and aim, an older word, partly a doublet of esteem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Esteemnoun

    High value; reverential regard.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Who can see,
    Without esteem for virtuous poverty,
    Severe Fabritius, or can cease t’ admire
    The ploughman consul in his coarse attire. John Dryden, Æn.

    Both those poets lived in much esteem with good and holy men in orders. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    I am not uneasy that many, whom I never had any esteem for, are likely to enjoy this world after me. Alexander Pope.

  2. To ESTEEMverb

    Etymology: estimer, French; æstimo, Latin.

    The worth of all men by their end esteem,
    And then due praise, or due reproach them yield. Fa. Queen.

    I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Wisd. vii. 8.

    Besides, those single forms she doth esteem,
    And in her balance doth their values try. Davies.

    Who would not be loved more, though he were esteemed less? Dryden.

    One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Rom. xiv. 5.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Esteemverb

    to set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon

  2. Esteemverb

    to set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship

  3. Esteemverb

    to form an estimate; to have regard to the value; to consider

  4. Esteemverb

    estimation; opinion of merit or value; hence, valuation; reckoning; price

  5. Esteemverb

    high estimation or value; great regard; favorable opinion, founded on supposed worth

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Esteem

    es-tēm′, v.t. to set a high estimate or value on: to regard with respect or friendship: to consider or think.—n. high estimation or value: favourable regard.—p.adj. Esteemed′, respected.—adj. Es′timable, that can be estimated or valued: worthy of esteem: deserving our good opinion.—adv. Es′timably.—v.t. Es′timāte, to judge of the worth of a thing: to calculate.—n. reputation: a valuing in the mind: judgment or opinion of the worth or size of anything: a rough calculation: estimation.—n. Estimā′tion, act of estimating: a reckoning of value: esteem, honour: importance: conjecture.—adj. Es′timātive.—n. Es′timātor.—Hold in estimation, to esteem highly.—The estimates, accounts given before parliament showing the probable expenditure for the year. [Fr. estimer—L. æstimāre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of esteem in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of esteem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of esteem in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Branden:

    Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    High self-esteem is a prerequisite to self-confidence and self-confidence is what it takes to influence or change other people's opinions, mindsets, lifestyles and emotions positively. Yes, that is that. Thus, be/remain self-confident.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Until you acknowledge and value yourself. People will for life take you for granted. Yes, nobody can/will dare to look down on you until you first look down on your own self. So, if you've lost your own self esteem i.e. your worth/ability, do endeavour to find/recover it and stand up for it as well anywhere/anytime.

  4. George Moore:

    Self esteem is the dough that makes us rise to the top, or fall to the bottom of the heap ~ Tiffani S. Hall, American Poet & Writer

  5. The Pope:

    In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you on the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say 'thank you', a big thank you... and to tell you that I love you very much.

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