Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To regard with respect; prize. See Synonyms at appreciate.
  • transitive v. To regard as; consider: esteemed it an honor to help them.
  • n. Favorable regard. See Synonyms at regard.
  • n. Archaic Judgment; opinion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. favourable regard
  • v. To regard someone with respect
  • v. To regard something as valuable; to prize.
  • v. To look upon something in a particular way.
  • v. To judge; to estimate; to appraise

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Estimation; opinion of merit or value; hence, valuation; reckoning; price.
  • n. High estimation or value; great regard; favorable opinion, founded on supposed worth.
  • intransitive v. To form an estimate; to have regard to the value; to consider.
  • transitive v. To set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon.
  • transitive v. To set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To estimate; value; set a value on, whether high or low; rate.
  • Specifically To set a high value on; prize; regard favorably, especially (of persons) with reverence, respect, or friendship.
  • To consider; regard; reckon; think.
  • Synonyms Value, Prize, Esteem, etc. (see appreciate); to respect, revere.
  • To think, deem, consider, hold, account.
  • To regard or consider value; entertain a feeling of esteem, liking, respect, etc.: with of.
  • n. Estimation; opinion or judgment of merit or demerit.
  • n. Specifically Favorable opinion, formed upon a belief in tho merit of its object; respect; regard; liking.
  • n. The character which commands consideration or regard; value; worth.
  • n. Valuation; price.
  • n. = Syn 1 and Estimate, Esteem, Estimation, Respect, Regard; honor, admiration, reverence, veneration. Estimate, both as noun and as verb, supposes an exercise of the judgment in determining external things, as amount, weight, size, value; or internal things, as intellect, excellence. It may be applied to that which is unfavorable: as, my estimate of the man was not high. Esteem as a noun has commonly the favorable meanings of the verb; it is a moral sentiment made up of respect and attachment, the result of the mental process of reckoning up the merits or useful qualities of a person: as, he is held in very general esteem. Estimation has covered the meanings of both estimate and esteem. Respect is commonly the result of admiration and approbation: as, he is entitled to our respect for his abilities and his probity; it omits, sometimes pointedly, the attachment expressed in esteem. Regard may include less admiration than respect and be not quite so strong as esteem, but its meaning is not closely fixed in quality or degree.

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

  • n. an attitude of admiration or esteem
  • n. the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
  • v. look on as or consider
  • n. a feeling of delighted approval and liking
  • v. regard highly; think much of

Etymologies

Middle English estemen, to appraise, from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First at end of 16th century; from Middle French estimer, from Latin aestimare ("to value, rate, weigh, estimate"); see estimate, and aim, an older word, partly a doublet of esteem. (Wiktionary)

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