Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have as an opinion; judge: deemed it was time for a change.
  • transitive v. To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Usage Note at as1.
  • intransitive v. To have an opinion; think. See Synonyms at consider.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To judge; pass judgement on; sentence; doom.
  • v. To adjudge; decree.
  • v. To dispense (justice); administer (law).
  • v. To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; decide or believe on consideration; suppose.
  • v. To hold in belief or estimation; adjudge as a conclusion; regard as being; evaluate according to one's beliefs; account.
  • v. To have or hold as a (personal) opinion; judge; think.
  • n. An opinion; judgement; surmise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Opinion; judgment.
  • intransitive v. To be of opinion; to think; to estimate; to opine; to suppose.
  • intransitive v. To pass judgment.
  • transitive v. To decide; to judge; to sentence; to condemn.
  • transitive v. To account; to esteem; to think; to judge; to hold in opinion; to regard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; decide or believe on consideration; suppose: as, he deemed it prudent to be silent.
  • To hold in belief or estimation; adjudge as a conclusion; regard as being; account: as, Shakspere is deemed the greatest of poets.
  • To judge; pass judgment on; sentence; doom.
  • To adjudge; decree.
  • To dispense (justice); administer (law).
  • To have an opinion; judge; think.
  • n. Opinion; judgment; surmise.
  • n. A tithe; a tenth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

Etymologies

Middle English demen, from Old English dēman; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *dōmijanan (“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 (dùmat, "I think, consider, judge") and probably Albanian them ("I say, believe, deem"). Related to doom. (Wiktionary)

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