From the Cambridge dictionary


Noun UK

respect for or a good opinion of someone:

There has been a drop in public esteem for teachers.

Because of their achievements they were held in (= given) (high) esteem.

Verb UK

to respect someone or have a good opinion of them:

Her work is highly esteemed by all her colleagues.

[ + obj + noun/adj ] old-fashioned I would esteem (= consider) it a favour if you would accompany me.

Noun US

respect for or a good opinion of someone:

She has long been held in high esteem by the bankers who know her.


From Collins Dictionary


Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense esteems, present participle esteeming, past tense, past participle esteemed

1. uncountable noun

Esteem is the admiration and respect that you feel towards another person.


He is held in high esteem by colleagues in the construction industry.

Their public esteem has never been lower.

He said he retained immense regard and esteem for the prime minister.

Synonyms: respect, regard, honour, consideration  

2. verb

If you esteem someone or something, you respect or admire them.


I greatly esteem your message in the midst of our hard struggle.


From Etymonline:

Esteem (v.)

mid-15c., from Old French estimer “to estimate, determine” (14c.), from Latin aestimare “to value, determine the value of, appraise,” perhaps ultimately from *ais-temos “one who cuts copper,” i.e. mints money (but de Vaan finds this “not very credible”). At first used as we would now use estimate; sense of “value, respect” is 1530s. Related: Esteemed; esteeming.

Esteem (n.)

(also steem, extyme), mid-14c., “account, value, worth,” from French estime, from estimer (see esteem (v.)). Meaning “high regard” is from 1610s.

Esteemed (adj.)

“held in high regard, respected, valued,” 1540s, past-participle adjective from esteem (v.).