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esteem (v.)

mid-15c., from Old French estimer "to estimate, determine" (14c.), from Latin aestimare "to value, determine the value of, appraise," perhaps ultimately from *ais-temos "one who cuts copper," i.e. mints money (but de Vaan finds this "not very credible"). At first used as we would now use estimate; sense of "value, respect" is 1530s. Related: Esteemed; esteeming.

esteem (n.)

(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., "account, value, worth," from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning "high regard" is from 1610s.

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Definitions of esteem
1
esteem (n.)
the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded);
it is held in esteem
Synonyms: regard / respect
esteem (n.)
a feeling of delighted approval and liking;
Synonyms: admiration
esteem (n.)
an attitude of admiration or esteem;
Synonyms: respect / regard
2
esteem (v.)
regard highly; think much of;
Synonyms: respect / value / prize / prise
esteem (v.)
look on as or consider;
Synonyms: think of / repute / know as / be known as / regard as / look upon / look on / take to be
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