v. deemed, deem·ing, deems
1. To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as1.
2. To suppose or believe: "making little improvements which she deemed that he would value when she was gone" (Thomas Hardy).
To have an opinion; think.
[Middle English demen, from Old English dēman; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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