Dignify vs Esteem - What's the difference?

dignify | esteem |

As verbs the difference between dignify and esteem

is that dignify is to invest with dignity or honour while esteem is to set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.

As a noun esteem is

favourable regard.




  • to invest with dignity or honour
  • to give distinction to
  • to exalt in rank
  • to honor.
  • Your worth will dignify our feast. - B. Jonson.


    * exalt * elevate * prefer * advance * honor * illustrate * adorn * ennoble



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic) * esteeme (obsolete)


  • favourable regard
  • Derived terms

    * self-esteem


    (en verb)
  • To set a high value on; to regard with respect or reverence.
  • * Bible, Job xxxvi. 19
  • Will he esteem thy riches?
  • * Tennyson
  • You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it.
  • To regard something as valuable; to prize.
  • To look upon something in a particular way.
  • Mary is an esteemed member of the community.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxxii. 15
  • Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
  • * Bishop Gardiner
  • Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence.
  • * Hawthorne
  • Famous men, whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural.
  • * 1843 , '', book 3, ch. V, ''The English
  • And greatly do I respect the solid character, — a blockhead, thou wilt say; yes, but a well- conditioned blockhead, and the best-conditioned, — who esteems all ‘Customs once solemnly acknowledged’ to be ultimate, divine, and the rule for a man to walk by, nothing doubting, not inquiring farther.
  • (obsolete) To judge; to estimate; to appraise
  • The Earth, which I esteem unable to reflect the rays of the Sun.