re·gard | \ ri-ˈgärd \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for regard

Synonyms: Noun

account, admiration, appreciation, esteem, estimation, favor, respect

Synonyms: Verb

follow, heed, listen (to), mind, note, observe, watch

Antonyms: Noun


Antonyms: Verb

disregard, ignore, tune out

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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

This is the worst airport in the world in regards to handling customs. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Long lines at Customs frustrate travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson," 9 July 2018 Especially when Embiid and Simmons are perhaps the only untouchable Sixers in regards to a trade. Keith Pompey,, "How long will Sixers remain patient with Markelle Fultz?," 24 June 2018 Several other airlines have added more restrictions to their pet policies, especially in regards to emotional support animals. Kelli Bender,, "Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bull-Type Service and Emotional Support Dogs from All Flights," 22 June 2018 Though no matter what your birthday is, all Scorpios will be on the good time train this summer in regards to love. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 Bucking a trend Like Bagley, Ayton was primarily in the system in regards to playing for a high school, AAU and college team sponsored by the company. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Report: Potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Deandre Ayton signs with Puma," 18 June 2018 But House Speaker Paul Ryan rebuked Trump on that claim, agreeing with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that the FBI didn't do anything wrong in regards to the confidential source. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 7: Justice Department, Alice Johnson, China, immigration, airfare," 7 June 2018 Officials over recent years have steadily lowered their expectation of how far the Fed might raise rates to get policy neutral in regards to its economic impact. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Mester Says Improved Economic Outlook Supports More Rate Rises," 14 May 2018 Civil matter, Kersdale Road: A resident called dispatch around 4:40 p.m. on May 2 in regards to still not having his son during his scheduled parenting time. Thomas Jewell,, "Car partially submerges in wet cement: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Addicts, if not casual users, are regarded with a pervasive contempt. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 In other words, these germs raise huge concerns regarding foodborne illnesses, making kitchen towels a serious food-poisoning hazard. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kitchen Towels Could Make You Seriously Sick," 21 June 2018 Franklin’s effort to promote American books was not purely a Cold War propaganda exercise, although the USIA tended to regard it as such. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 This is true even if the celebrity regards the claims as false or frivolous. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 Neither the Five Guys corporate office nor Harborplace management responded to messages seeking comment Wednesday regarding when the restaurant closed or whether another will replace it. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Five Guys burger joint closes at Harborplace," 11 July 2018 Israel regards him as a war criminal, the man who used chemical weapons on his own people. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, outlined the results of an investigation the district's inspector general office completed regarding The Facility Group. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit district seeks millions from facility company for overbilling," 10 July 2018 Please spread the word by sharing, re-posting, and/or re-tweeting this post and send any information regarding the fake news websites or sponsored ads to Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Host Lara Spencer Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 10 July 2018

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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

regards : friendly greetings



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

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

: to look at (someone or something)


re·gard | \ ri-ˈgärd \

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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