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noun re·gard \ri-ˈgärd\

Simple Definition of regard

  • : care or concern for someone or something

  • : a feeling of respect and admiration for someone or something

  • regards : friendly greetings

Full Definition of regard

  1. 1 archaic :  appearance

  2. 2 a :  attention, consideration <due regard should be given to all facets of the question> b :  a protective interest :  care <has no regard for her health>

  3. 3 :  look, gaze

  4. 4 a :  the worth or estimation in which something or someone is held <a man of small regard> b (1) :  a feeling of respect and affection :  esteem <she soon won the regard of her colleagues> (2) plural :  friendly greetings implying such feeling <give him my regards>

  5. 5 :  a basis of action or opinion :  motive

  6. 6 :  an aspect to be taken into consideration :  respect <is a small school, and is fortunate in this regard>

  7. 7 obsolete :  intention

in regard to
  1. :  with respect to :  concerning

with regard to
  1. :  in regard to

Examples of regard

  1. I have no regard for his opinions.

  2. <I have a deep regard for humanitarian aid workers who risk everything to help the poor.>

Origin of regard

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from regarder

First Known Use: 14th century



verb re·gard

Simple Definition of regard

  • : to think of (someone or something) in a particular way

  • : to look at (someone or something)

Full Definition of regard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to consider and appraise usually from a particular point of view <is highly regarded as a mechanic>

  3. 2 :  to pay attention to :  take into consideration or account

  4. 3 a :  to show respect or consideration for b :  to hold in high esteem

  5. 4 :  to look at

  6. 5 archaic :  to relate to

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to look attentively :  gaze

  9. 2 :  to pay attention :  heed

Examples of regard

  1. The police officer regarded the group of teenagers with suspicion.

  2. <she regarded him with astonishment when he announced he had gotten engaged>

Origin of regard

Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder to look back at, regard, from re- + garder to guard, look at — more at guard

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of regard

regard, respect, esteem, admire mean to recognize the worth of a person or thing. regard is a general term that is usually qualified <he is highly regarded in the profession>. respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation <after many years they came to respect her views>. esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation <no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed>. admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection <a friend that I truly admire>.

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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