regard

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noun

re·​gard ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce regard (audio)
1
a
: a protective interest : care
has no regard for her health
b
: attention, consideration
due regard should be given to all facets of the question
2
a(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

regard

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verb

regarded; regarding; regards

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
4
a
: 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
Phrases
in regard to
: with respect to : concerning
with regard to
: in regard to
Choose the Right Synonym for regard

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Defiance is his only option at this point, not only with regard to the press but also with the dissenters and grumblers in his own party. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 12 July 2024 The evidence will show, ladies and gentlemen, that like in many workplaces, there are people who act in a reckless manner and place other individuals in danger and act without due regard to the safety of others. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024
Verb
Meadows joined and advised them on how to proceed; he was regarded as someone with expertise, having tried to oust Boehner in 2015. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Destinations like Ponta Veranda and Babi—Resto Bar are particularly well regarded by previous travelers for their fantastic Mediterranean meals and for highlighting local wines made throughout Montenegro. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for regard 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of regard was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Regard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regard. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

regard

1 of 2 noun
re·​gard ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce regard (audio)
1
a
: consideration sense 2, concern
little regard for others' feelings
b
: the act or an instance of looking : gaze
2
a
: the worth or estimation in which something is held
b
: a feeling of respect and affection : esteem
a high regard for my teacher
c
plural : friendly greetings
give them my regards
3
: reference entry 1 sense 2, respect
this is in regard to your unpaid balance
4
: a point to be taken into consideration
nothing to worry about in that regard

regard

2 of 2 verb
1
: to pay attention to : take into consideration
2
a
: to show respect or consideration for
b
: to have a high opinion of
3
: to look at
4
archaic : to relate to
5
: to think of : look upon
regarded you as a friend

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