AskDefine | Define esteem

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1 the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard" [syn: regard, respect] [ant: disesteem]
2 a feeling of delighted approval and liking [syn: admiration]
3 an attitude of admiration or esteem; "she lost all respect for him" [syn: respect, regard] [ant: disrespect]


1 regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: respect, value, prize, prise] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]
2 look on as or consider; "she looked on this affair as a joke"; "He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician"; "He is reputed to be intelligent" [syn: think of, repute, regard as, look upon, look on, take to be]

User Contributed Dictionary



From estimer.


  • [ɛsˈtim]



  1. To regard someone with respect
    Esteem your elders, boy.
  2. to regard something as valuable; to prize
  3. to look upon something in a particular way
    Mary is an esteemed member of the community


Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Kudos (disambiguation).
Kudos (, often /ˈkuːdoʊz/), from the Greek κύδος, kydos, (literally "that which is heard of") means "fame" and "renown" resulting from an act or achievement. Extending "kudos" to another individual is often done as a praising remark. It entered English as British university slang in the early 1800s. In Standard English, as in Greek, Kudos is a singular and not a plural noun, and is used exclusively as such in Britain. However, in common use in the US the noun is, erroneously, often plural: She received many kudos ['ku:doʊz] for her work.
Usage expanded again as the term entered the vocabulary of the gaming community. For example, you can earn kudos for completing certain in-game tasks, such as those in the Metropolis Street Racer, the Project Gotham Racing series and as part of the 'Varrock Museum' mini-task in the popular MMORPG Runescape. One can give another either none, one, or two kudos for praise of another's blog.

See also

"Not used commonly in Australia, China, or in Ireland."
esteem in German: Wertschätzung
esteem in French: Kudos
esteem in Dutch: kudos
esteem in Norwegian: Kudos
esteem in Norwegian Nynorsk: Kudos

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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