from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To regard with respect; prize. synonym: appreciate.
  • transitive verb To regard as; consider.
  • noun Favorable regard; respect. synonym: regard.
  • noun Archaic Judgment; opinion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Estimation; opinion or judgment of merit or demerit.
  • noun Specifically Favorable opinion, formed upon a belief in tho merit of its object; respect; regard; liking.
  • noun The character which commands consideration or regard; value; worth.
  • noun Valuation; price.
  • noun = 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English estemen, to appraise, from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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