Definition of deem in US English:



  • with object and complement Regard or consider in a specified way.

    ‘the event was deemed a great success’
    with object and infinitive ‘the strike was deemed to be illegal’
    • ‘This would be considered unacceptable in any other fruit, but is deemed normal in prunes.’
    • ‘The independent auditor will have to be replaced every five years unless the committee deems it not in the company's interests.’
    • ‘In the event that scores are deemed to be level, a fourth round is contested to find an overall winner.’
    • ‘The small NGO has fielded thousands of phone calls and taken 22 of the cases it deems most worthy to the courts.’
    • ‘Food was given between two and three stars with judges deeming the service to be slow at times.’
    • ‘If the Doctor or Employer deems the illness to be minor then the Employee will be expected to work that day.’
    • ‘It was deemed such a success that the girls are now due to perform the play at the Albany Theatre at the end of April.’
    • ‘The appeal could cost the landlords $3,000 a year, and recently the unhappy owners sent Martin a note also deeming her work inadequate.’
    • ‘How are we supposed to feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement when our superiors deem these successes worthless?’
    • ‘An occupational licence is one that deems a property habitable.’
    • ‘With his retirement due next month, Mr. Devaraj deems it a privilege to have been chosen for the special assignment.’
    • ‘At the same time, reports have emerged that the provincial government is making preparations to have the strike declared illegal by deeming it a public emergency.’
    • ‘At first the boy was deemed to be too large to be considered for the operation.’
    • ‘The organizers of a first-ever Community Wellness Weekend forum at the Steinbach arenas are deeming it a success.’
    • ‘A woman will receive what a court deems her rightful share, not necessarily half.’
    • ‘As the series was deemed a runaway success, it was immediately commissioned again.’
    • ‘How many times have we seen one referee deem a foul or strike as yellow, and the next red?’
    • ‘If it is deemed a success other secondary schools in the district could follow suit.’
    • ‘The notice states that the County Council deems the building to be unsafe.’
    • ‘Remember, you're only as good as your last customer deems you to be.’
    regard as, consider, judge, adjudge, hold to be, look on as, view as, see as, take to be, take for, class as, estimate as, count, rate, find, esteem, calculate to be, gauge, suppose, reckon, account, interpret as
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Old English dēman (also in the sense ‘act as judge’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch doeman, also to doom.