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

With regard to the number of arrests, based on what USA Today reports at the time of the event, the over/under is set at 9.5, with the under attracting most of the money, offering -350 odds. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Storm Area 51 event removed from Facebook 'by accident'," 8 Aug. 2019 Because with regard to the Trump-Russia collusion issue, the news media were never driven by a pursuit of truth; they were driven by a pursuit of Trump. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Chronicling the Left’s Lies," 6 Aug. 2019 The State Department confirmed details of the Tribune's reporting with regard to Huntsman's resignation. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Jon Hunstman resigns as Ambassador to Russia amid rumors of run for governor," 6 Aug. 2019 The process by which the Trump administration chose to go about withdrawal was quick, haphazard with regard to U.S. allies’ interests, and fundamentally unstrategic. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Trump’s Reckless New Missile Race," 5 Aug. 2019 All that had been cemented with regard to the Brewers' pitching plan heading into their opener with the A's was that right-hander Adrian Houser would start opposite right-hander Chris Bassitt. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yasmani Grandal, Brewers confident they can help get Jordan Lyles back on track," 30 July 2019 While the lifestyle trend initially introduced her to the beverage, her priorities with regard to the wine have since changed. Olivia Harrison,, "The Rosé Trend Might Be Over, But Pink Wine Is Far From Dead," 25 July 2019 Here’s the thing: anyone who refuses to take no for an answer with regard to the relatively minor requests probably isn’t great at respecting boundaries in general—which is helpful information to have! Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, "The Art of Saying No to Invites When You REALLY Don't Want to Do Something," 18 July 2019 The battles over busing showed that this faith in white racial innocence with regard to residential and school segregation was largely immune to evidence. Jeanne Theoharis, The Denver Post, "Commentary: How school desegregation became the third rail of Democratic politics," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pinto grants that the expiration of the GSE Patch would reduce home prices, particularly for entry-level homes, but regards this as a positive outcome. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A Key Change to Mortgage Lending Rules is Coming in 2021. Here’s What That Could Mean," 14 Aug. 2019 Health insurers are regarded as fierce defenders of health care dollars. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "Senators Call for Closing “Loopholes” That Make Health Care Fraud Easy," 14 Aug. 2019 Domingo is regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time. CBS News, "Opera legend Placido Domingo a longtime sexual harasser, at least 9 women allege," 13 Aug. 2019 Coutee injured his ankle against the Green Bay Packers and it isn't regarded as serious, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Familiar holding pattern for Texans, Keke Coutee," 13 Aug. 2019 Whether Griner would actually take the radical step of leaving the WNBA — regarded as the world's best women's basketball league — is an open question perhaps tied into how the league decides on suspensions stemming from Saturday. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Brittney Griner: WNBA response to brawl could impact her future in league," 12 Aug. 2019 Biometric information, by contrast, is often regarded as evidence that investigators can confiscate. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Now you can use Android phones, rather than passwords, to log in to Google*," 12 Aug. 2019 His successor as head of the asset-management business was Ms. Erdoes, regarded by her colleagues as an expert at wooing wealthy customers. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "JPMorgan Kept Jeffrey Epstein as a Client Despite Internal Warnings," 8 Aug. 2019 Wrona, widely regarded as one of the world’s best track announcers, was fired in November after two years calling the races at Santa Anita. Larry Stumes,, "Ex-Santa Anita track announcer Michael Wrona back at Sonoma County Fair," 1 Aug. 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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