Deem Deem (d[=e]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deemed} (d[=e]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deeming}.] [OE. demen to judge, condemn, AS. d[=e]man, fr. d[=o]m doom; akin to OFries. d[=e]ma, OS. ad[=o]mian, D. doemen, OHG. tuommen, Icel. d[ae]ma, Sw. d["o]mma, Dan. d["o]mme, Goth. d[=o]mjan. See {Doom}, n., and cf. {Doom}, v.] 1. To decide; to judge; to sentence; to condemn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Claudius . . . Was demed for to hang upon a tree. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To account; to esteem; to think; to judge; to hold in opinion; to regard. [1913 Webster]

For never can I deem him less him less than god. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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