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be held in high esteem

To be regarded with a large amount of respect or admiration. I'll go see if I can persuade the committee, for I am held in high esteem among them. Mr. Ross has always been held in high esteem for all his charity work.
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hold (someone) in high esteem

To have a large amount of respect or admiration for someone. I'll go see if I can persuade the committee—they hold me in high esteem. I've always held my father in high esteem for his hard work to provide for us.
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In his humble sphere he was esteemed an honest man, although like many of his class in English towns he was somewhat addicted to drink.
Now equal opportunities choices freedom privileges and support are available for both gender and they are esteemed equally.
Ruby Dee is an esteemed stage, film and TV actress who first appeared with future husband and frequent co-star Ossie Davis (they married in 1948) in the Broadway production "Jeb" (1946) and subsequently won acclaim on Broadway as Ruth Younger, in Lorraine Hansberry's ground-breaking family drama "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), a role she recreated in the 1961 film to stellar reviews.
maker of ORTHO EVRA, the first and only weekly birth control patch, in conjunction with The Esteemed Woman Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building self-image and inner strength among women.
and The Esteemed Woman Foundation as they represent and exemplify real women across America.
Suzie Galler, Founder of the Esteemed Woman Foundation and renowned women's film producer, and Mary Wright, Executive Director of the Foundation, developed the models' "intimate portraits" and helped prepare them for their runway debut.