tr.v. es·teemed, es·teem·ing, es·teems
1. To regard with respect; prize. See Synonyms at appreciate.
2. To regard as; consider: esteemed it an honor to help them.
1. Favorable regard; respect. See Synonyms at regard.
2. Archaic Judgment; opinion.
[Middle English estemen, to appraise, from Old French estimer, from Latin aestimāre.]
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