Es·teem v. t. [imp. & p. p. Esteemed p. pr. & vb. n. Esteeming.]
1. To set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon.
Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. --Deut. xxxii. 15.
Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence. --Bp. Gardiner.
Famous men, -- whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural. --Hawthorne.
2. To set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship.
Will he esteem thy riches? --Job xxxvi. 19.
You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it. --Tennyson.
Syn: -- To estimate; appreciate; regard; prize; value; respect; revere. See Appreciate, Estimate.
adj : having an illustrious reputation; respected; "our esteemed
leader"; "a prestigious author" [syn: honored, prestigious]