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esteem

noun [U] uk   /ɪˈstiːm/ formal us  
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.

esteem

verb [T not continuous] uk   /ɪˈstiːm/ us  
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.
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