AskDefine | Define deem

Dictionary Definition

deem v : keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible" [syn: hold, view as, take for]

User Contributed Dictionary



deman, from . Cognate with Dutch doemen and Swedish döma.


  • /di:m/
    Rhymes with: -iːm


  1. To evaluate according to one's beliefs.
    She deemed his efforts insufficient.
  2. To hold as a personal opinion.



to evaluate according to one's beliefs
  • Dutch: beschouwen
  • German: halten, erachten
  • Italian: considerare, valutare
  • Lithuanian: manyti
  • Portuguese: considerar, estimar
to hold as a personal opinion
  • Dutch: vinden
  • German: erachten, ansehen
  • Italian: considerare, ritenere
  • Lithuanian: manyti
  • Portuguese: considerar



Scots form of dame.


  • /dim/


  1. woman, dame
  2. maid (especially a kitchen maid)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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