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esteem (verb) prize(mostly used in the passive).
When you esteem a person, you respect and admire them. When you esteem a personís scholarship, you regard it as very high. Einstein is deeply esteemed for his contribution to physics; that is, people have great respect for his contribution to physics.
- Eugene OíNeill is greatly esteemed as one among the outstanding and influential dramatists of the US. Many regard him as a trend setter in the kind of the plays he wrote.
- William Shakespeare was esteemed even during his day as playwright of great merit, even by the fellow playwrights who admired his craft.