regard

noun
re·​gard | \ ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce regard (audio) \

Definition of regard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : appearance
2a : 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 : look, gaze
4a : 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) regards plural : friendly greetings implying such feeling give him my regards
5 : a basis of action or opinion : motive
6 : an aspect to be taken into consideration : respect is a small school, and is fortunate in this regard
7 obsolete : intention
in regard to
: with respect to : concerning
with regard to
: in regard to

regard

verb
regarded; regarding; regards

Definition of regard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to consider and appraise usually from a particular point of view is highly regarded as a mechanic
2 : to pay attention to : take into consideration or account
3a : to show respect or consideration for
b : to hold in high esteem
4 : to look at
5 archaic : to relate to

intransitive verb

1 : to look attentively : gaze
2 : to pay attention : heed

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Verb

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

Examples of regard in a Sentence

Noun

I have no regard for his opinions. I have a deep regard for humanitarian aid workers who risk everything to help the poor.

Verb

The police officer regarded the group of teenagers with suspicion. she regarded him with astonishment when he announced he had gotten engaged
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nostalgia is a clear selling point in this regard — the movie makes the most of its retro setting, with copious use of The Smiths, appearances from Mr. T cereal, and other 1980s pop-culture callbacks. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 No hybrid is perfect in this regard, but the Insight isn’t even close. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 My take: Other types of investments also can pass directly outside of probate, including Individual Retirement Accounts, regular life insurance and 401(k) accounts, so annuities don't have special merit in this regard. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Should you buy an annuity? 4 tips to consider," 24 June 2018 Concord toy shop, once outstanding in this regard, has gone the way of Amazon in it’s selection. BostonGlobe.com, "Globe South Commentary," 11 May 2018 On the other hand, both the existing Matebook X Pro (2018) and Matebook 13 represent terrific value for the money, and hopefully nothing’s changed in that regard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 This is particularly important with regard to the troubled relationship so much of the media has with Silicon Valley tech companies coming along and eating everyone's lunch. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Additionally, that two naive teens would just go gallivanting around with little to no regard to their plans or safety. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Fiona Barton's 'The Suspect'," 4 Mar. 2019 In that scenario, Kansas State would be one game ahead of the winner of Saturday’s Kansas-Texas Tech game in the Big 12 standings and that’s something voters will likely hold in high regard. John Lowe, The Seattle Times, "No. 23 Kansas State beats West Virginia to keep Big 12 lead," 18 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The shooter was generally well-regarded at the time, sure, but mostly for its comic book art style and neo-noir trappings. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire," 15 Apr. 2019 The court filings, however, did not disclose any information regarding the subjects of the contacts between Manafort and the White House. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration has faced regular criticism regarding its immigration policies, including a zero-tolerance policy that separated over 2,000 children from their families earlier this year. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Reportedly Targeting Legal Immigrants Who've Benefited from Public Welfare Programs," 7 Aug. 2018 Duma—a fashion week regular, street style star, and entrepreneur—is listed in a section of the report regarding Trump's travel plans to Russia as a presidential candidate. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fashion Influencer Miroslava Duma Is in the Mueller Report Because of Her Link to Ivanka Trump," 18 Apr. 2019 Nick Saban isn’t likely to get much sympathy from his coaching peers regarding his offseason challenges. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019 Aides did not comment on any plans regarding the Instagram account today. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Keeping Plans Around Their Baby's Arrival Private," 11 Apr. 2019 The part that caught my attention, and evidently everyone else’s, were some exchanges regarding the SEC action from earlier this year that got Musk removed as chairman of Tesla’s board and required monitoring of his tweets. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk doesn’t respect the SEC, which is still investigating Tesla," 14 Dec. 2018 The Queen’s first cousins Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (36th in line), and his younger brother, Prince Michael of Kent (47th in line), have long been regarded as the poor relations of the family. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of regard

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for regard

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from regarder

Verb

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

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regard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: care or concern for someone or something
: a feeling of respect and admiration for someone or something
: friendly greetings

regard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of regard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to think of (someone or something) in a particular way
formal : to look at (someone or something)

regard

noun
re·​gard | \ ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce regard (audio) \

Kids Definition of regard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consideration sense 2 She shows no regard for others.
2 : a feeling of respect She was held in high regard.
3 regards plural : friendly greetings Give them my regards.
4 : a point to be considered Be careful in this regard.
5 : look entry 2 sense 1 a tender regard
in regard to
: in relation to
with regard to
: in relation to

regard

verb
regarded; regarding

Kids Definition of regard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to think of in a particular way : consider He regarded them as friends.
2 : to look at Judge Ford regarded the desperate doorman without pity.— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
3 : to give consideration to

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