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


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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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


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


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

The key slide in the presentation mentions several important developments in regard to the new architecture. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Mazda Is Going Big, Planning a New Rear-Wheel-Drive Platform and Inline-Six Engines," 9 May 2019 Fessahaye does see progress in regards to diversity in the (Swedish) fashion industry, but is frustrated at the pace. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Meet Selam Fessahaye, the Stylist and Designer Making Change on the Swedish Fashion Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 There is significant uncertainty in regards to precipitation type, especially Seattle south. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 Cap Ferrat has become the Billionaire’s Playground, a place where news about art is rarely in regards to making it or living it, but instead buying it—at record prices. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 In regards to safety, each model has top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for crash protection and effectiveness of crash avoidance technologies. Carlos Lago, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Which luxury SUV has the edge?," 13 July 2018 More importantly, consumer priorities have changed drastically in regards to material purchases. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 Tucker said the large disparity in figures across counties from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is likely due to the lack of a standardized system of records collection in regards to child's removal from a home. Caroline Metzler, charlotteobserver, "Opioid crisis drives increase in NC foster care enrollment, nonprofit finds," 15 June 2018 The discussion will bring knowledge to what is normal in regards to memory loss and what is not. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When one year was up, said Dr. Andrea Morris, the project’s principal investigator, drivers had sent in more than 425 different alerts regarding nearly 200 clients. Howard Lipin/san Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meals on Wheels expands innovative health program that started in San Diego," 6 June 2019 Each middle and high school will determine its guidelines regarding phone use outside instructional time, such as in school hallways and other common areas in the schools, the announcement said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "District U46 to ban cellphone use in class beginning in the fall," 6 June 2019 The Post-Tribune is seeking documents and letters regarding the discipline action taken against school staff members. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Authority, public accountability rests with Gary emergency manager," 6 June 2019 There’s also some dramatic sleight-of-hand regarding a major subplot, concerning the revelation that Katherine is having an affair with one of her young male writers, Charlie (Hugh Dancy). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Late Night,” Reviewed: Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling’s Incisive Comedy about the Gender Politics of TV," 6 June 2019 Just weeks after the Indian Army allegedly discovered the mysterious footprint of the yeti, the FBI released documents Wednesday regarding a 1976 investigation into another hairy mythical creature: Bigfoot. Grace Segers, CBS News, "New documents reveal FBI investigated Bigfoot in 1970s," 5 June 2019 This is all that will be released regarding this matter. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With last year’s champs still holding onto the hardware, ECHL makes a new Kelly Cup," 5 June 2019 In India, which has notoriously awful pollution, there’s an app that offers real-time updates on air quality and personalized recommendations regarding exposure. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Do Abortion Bans Pave the Way for Forced Sterilization?," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of regard


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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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