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

Johnson is an outstanding catch-and-shoot player with little to prove in that regard, and has legit size for his position. Jeremy Woo,, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 10.0: Anthony Davis Trade Shakes Up the Lottery," 17 June 2019 The Lakers face plenty of work to fill out their roster, but the Warriors also face a big task in that regard. Bruce Jenkins,, "Lakers get Anthony Davis, and it’s a new day in the West," 15 June 2019 One that can be difficult to recreate from season to season is health, and there is no question the Bears’ good fortune in that regard contributed to the team’s 12-4 record and NFC North division crown. Brad Biggs,, "The Bears feel good about their roster depth. But competition looms at swing tackle and cornerback.," 15 June 2019 In that regard, the schools must take some responsibility for the inefficiency. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Comparing Pac-12 expenses to other Power Fives: Is spending in San Francisco reasonable or excessive?," 12 June 2019 Obviously, 2016 was not a normal circumstance in that regard. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Lessons of the Mueller Probe," 12 June 2019 The right-hander has mostly delivered in that regard so far this season, going 5-5 with a rotation-best 3.02 ERA in 11 starts. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin ready for return from injured list Friday against Reds," 5 June 2019 Ryon Healy has made some nice adjustments, Domingo Santana has swung the bat well, so there’s been a lot of positives, in that regard. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 But this new blend is still an ideology of exclusion, and there are important historical antecedents to consider in that regard. Mark Lilla, The New York Review of Books, "How to Write About the Right: An Exchange," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The second objection regards Facebook’s extensive record of privacy failures. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions Provoke Heated Debate—The Ledger," 17 June 2019 The only interesting piece of information to come out of the usually revelatory salary drop was regarding the specifics of Kellyn Acosta’s contract. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Colorado Rapids were exposed in the US Open Cup. What can MLS teams learn from this?," 15 June 2019 My concern with #SB277 [sic] is solely regarding medical exemptions. Molly Longman,, "Is Jessica Biel Anti-Vaxx?," 15 June 2019 Many voters no doubt regard Mr. Sanders as a career politician, but Marc Fisher notes in the Washington Post that Mr. Sanders first spent nearly two whole decades as an aspiring career politician: BURLINGTON, Vt. James Freeman, WSJ, "Time for a Trump Refi," 13 June 2019 Consider China’s recent actions regarding, for example, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon," 13 June 2019 My concern with #SB276 is solely regarding medical exemptions. Christina Oehler,, "Jessica Biel Is Lobbying Against California’s Vaccination Bill SB-276. Here’s Why She Wants Medical Exemptions for Vaccines," 13 June 2019 Carr regards the Girls’ Clubs as a critical part of the Gorongosa National Park resurrection. Deterring men from hunting the park’s wildlife—through alternative livelihoods as well as ranger enforcement—is important but insufficient. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 What millions of Americans regard as a violation, a roughly equal number view as a strong leader blasting away at his enemies. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 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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