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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Esteem \Es*teem"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Esteemed; p. pr. & vb. n. Esteeming.] [F. estimer, L. aestimare, aestumare, to value, estimate; perh. akin to Skr. ish to seek, strive, and E. ask. Cf. Aim, Estimate.] 1. To set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon. [1913 Webster] Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. --Deut. xxxii. 15. [1913 Webster] Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence. --Bp. Gardiner. [1913 Webster] Famous men, -- whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 2. To set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship. [1913 Webster] Will he esteem thy riches? --Job xxxvi. 19. [1913 Webster] You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it. --Tennyson. Syn: To estimate; appreciate; regard; prize; value; respect; revere. See Appreciate, Estimate. [1913 Webster]