An abbreviated example of a definition essay on esteem: You can't touch it, hear it or see it, but it makes a difference in your life. Self-esteem is important in everyone. The meaning of the word esteem is to show value or respect to someone. Self-esteem is showing respect and value to oneself. 1. Define self-esteem. 2. Compare high self-esteem to having low self-esteem. 3. Ways to boost self.