1 respect, value, treasure, prize, cherish, hold dear, appreciate, admire, look up to, regard highly, venerate, revere, reverence, honour, defer to; like, love, adore:
The novels of Virginia Woolf were greatly esteemed by a small intellectual group.
2 consider, judge, deem, view, regard, hold, estimate, account, believe, think, rate, rank, reckon, evaluate:
The Duke was esteemed throughout Europe as 'the perfect knight'.
3 estimation, (high) regard, respect, (high) opinion, favour, admiration, appreciation, approval, approbation:
He holds her talents in very high esteem. My esteem for your father's accomplishments is undiminished.