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

Definition of regard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a protective interest : care has no regard for her health
b : attention, consideration due regard should be given to all facets of the question
2a(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
b : the worth or estimation in which something or someone is held a man of small regard
3 : an aspect to be taken into consideration : respect is a small school, and is fortunate in this regard
4 : look, gaze
5 : a basis of action or opinion : motive
6 archaic : appearance
7 obsolete : intention
in regard to
: with respect to : concerning
with regard to
: in regard to


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
3 : to look at
4a : to show respect or consideration for
b : to hold in high esteem
5 archaic : to relate to

intransitive verb

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

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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 In regards to impeachment, however, things are still up in the air. Reed Nelson,, "How Trump’s Handling Of Iran Could Affect His Impeachment," 13 Jan. 2020 Working with the Department of Defense and Defense Intelligence Agency, the Smithsonian, along with partners, helps encourage knowledge of U.S. law and international treaty obligations with regard to the protection of cultural heritage. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, "To safeguard cultural heritage, a massive Smithsonian-led cultural rescue operation can now be mobilized to help countries recover from disaster," 10 Jan. 2020 These shot-like compositions that arise from the flow of long takes come at the expense of plot and character, as in a scene of hand-to-hand combat that’s framed in the distance without regard to its mortal stakes and intense physicality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Beauty of Sam Mendes’s “1917” Comes at a Cost," 7 Jan. 2020 McCarthy is a harbinger on the fundamentals of QB play, particularly in regards to footwork. John Owning, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy’s pros and cons: Playoff success, ability to develop Dak Prescott among top selling points to Cowboys," 6 Jan. 2020 In regards to their hair, both beauty moguls wore sleek, chin-grazing bobs with middle parts and the ends of their hair curled under for a dramatic, doll-like effect. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Now Have Matching Bob Haircuts," 16 Dec. 2019 In regards to their hair, both beauty moguls wore sleek, chin-grazing bobs with middle parts and the ends of their hair curled under for a dramatic effect. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Just Wore Identical Hairstyles for a Night Out," 15 Dec. 2019 Who are the important players, what is at stake in regards to Brexit and how will the outcome affect relations with the United States. Fox News, "UK election: Jeremy Corbyn could become nation's first socialist leader in 40 years," 12 Dec. 2019 In regards to you and Maya, you guys have this incredible ability to riff with each other. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph live up to Sugar & Booze names in festive Audible series preview," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Economists generally regard rates that low as evidence of an economy in trouble. Washington Post, "Trump to nominate Shelton, Waller to Federal Reserve," 17 Jan. 2020 Once a Republican bastion — the home district of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — Fort Bend is regarded as one of the fastest-growing and most rapidly diversifying counties in the country. NBC News, "Flipping the Texas House: Inside Democrats' effort to turn a red state blue," 17 Jan. 2020 The move does not mean decisions have been made regarding any of those positions, but Hoff said by law the board is required to provide the preliminary notices prior to five months before the end of their contracts, which is June 30. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nearly half of the Palmyra-Eagle school board quits following the ruling that the district won't dissolve," 15 Jan. 2020 Before those announcements, players retiring in what seemed to be their athletic primes were regarded with singular shock. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Luke Kuechly Joins N.F.L.’s Under-30 Retirees Club," 15 Jan. 2020 Beijing regards Taiwan as a province and has been trying to reassert control over the island since 1949. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Taiwan’s Presidential Election Highlights the Failure of China’s Aggressive Foreign Meddling," 14 Jan. 2020 Cora, 44, is regarded as one of the best managers in baseball. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is implicated in two cheating scandals. His punishment awaits.," 14 Jan. 2020 There does, however, need to be a conversation between the U.S. and Iraqi governments not just regarding security, but about our financial, economic, and diplomatic partnership. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Defense chief Esper backs Trump’s ‘belief’ that multiple embassies were targeted by Iran’s top general," 13 Jan. 2020 Important update: the alert regarding #Pickering Nuclear was sent in error. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Nuclear Warning Sent to Ontario Residents 'In Error,' Sparking Confusion and Calls for an Investigation," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of regard


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for regard


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from regarder


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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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



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)


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


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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