Definition for DEEM

DEEM, v.t. [Sax. deman; D. doemen; Sw. döma; Dan. dömmer; whence doom. Russ. dumayu, to think, reflect, reckon, believe; duma, a thought or idea, a privy council; dumnoi, a privy counselor. See Class Dm, No. 5, 36, 39, and Class Sm, No. 5.]

  1. To think; to judge; to be of opinion; to conclude on consideration; as, he deems it prudent to be silent. For never can I deem him less than god. – Dryden. The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country. – Acts xxvii.
  2. To estimate. [Obs.] – Spenser.

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