verb (used without object)
- to form or have an opinion; judge; think: He did not deem lightly of the issue.
verb (used with object)
- to hold as an opinion; think; regard: He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
- (tr) to judge or considerI do not deem him worthy of this honour
past tense of deem (q.v.).
Old English deman “to judge, condemn, think, compute,” from root of dom (see doom (n.)). Originally “to pronounce judgment” as well as “to form an opinion.” The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c., a title formerly common throughout England and Scotland and preserved in the surname Dempster.