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

The accounts continue to differ in regard to what took place at the Westin. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 And Martha, something very interesting happened tonight in regard to the president's upcoming summit with the Russian President Vladimir Putin that will take place in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Fox News, "US ambassador to UK reacts to Trump's NATO comments," 12 July 2018 His current stance has surprised human rights advocates in Washington who once viewed the senator as their most powerful ally in regard to Myanmar, also known as Burma. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "McConnell once pushed sanctions against Myanmar. Now he’s blocking a new round.," 1 July 2018 How has public opinion changed in regard to conscience clauses? Angela Chen, The Verge, "A law professor explains why Walgreens can deny birth control prescriptions — and how policies might change," 26 June 2018 No sanctions have yet been announced in regard to any of the NBA's broadcast partners breaking the agreement to avoid tipping picks ahead of the broadcast. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leaked pick may have cost Bucks on draft night," 22 June 2018 To be clear: The IG report is about how the FBI conducted itself during the 2016 campaign -- especially in regard to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 49 wildest quotes from Donald Trump's bananas interview with Fox News," 15 June 2018 Actually, Rauner didn’t have a much of a choice in regard to Trump or Dunkin. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics Republicans attack Dems for sex harassment—even as they worship Trump," 15 June 2018 The primary thing Mainieri talked about in regard to Slaughter before the season was the mental aspects. Brody Miller,, "Jake Slaughter might be streaking at the right time for LSU baseball," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. Fox News, "Police searching for missing USC graduate student," 13 July 2018 Marca reports that more information regarding the extent of Vrsaljko's injury will become clear on Monday., "Report: Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko to Miss World Cup Semifinal vs. England," 9 July 2018 Police encouraged anyone with information regarding the incident to call 603-227-2118. Alejandro Serrano,, "Man found dead in New Hampshire river," 9 July 2018 Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Melissa Neeley,, "Fireworks may be to blame for sparking garage fire," 8 July 2018 The agency has additional information on its website ( regarding baiting and feeding regulations and CWD in Wisconsin, including procedures to have a deer tested for the disease. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 The club has faced accusations of impropriety regarding the use of the fields, but Gemmell said those claims are false. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Soccer field access creates dispute in The Woodlands," 20 June 2018 Farmers and their communities will also have to create some of their own rules regarding herbicide use, the NC State team says. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018 Most companies have policies regarding Internet use, tardiness, and the like. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Got World Cup fans in your office? Bend the rules like Beckham," 14 June 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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