re·​gard | \ ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce regard (audio) \

Definition of regard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a protective interest : care has no regard for her health
b : attention, consideration due regard should be given to all facets of the question
2a(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
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
3 : to look at
4a : 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

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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

Prosecutors and defense attorneys made filings Monday in a Florida court in regard to the Robert Kraft solicitation case., "Prosecutors’ court filing," 17 Sep. 2019 As has been the case at specific moments in American history in regard to Catholics, Jews, and Native Americans, these feelings are carefully cultivated by politicians, organizations, and/or news sources., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 In that regard, the series has reached its timely thesis: To pursue the American dream is, too often, to corrupt it, eventually tarnishing the idea of success itself. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 Panelist and astronomer Marc D’Antonio expressed the same concern in regard to media organizations and the information being released. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "International UFO Congress holds 28th annual conference in downtown Phoenix," 8 Sep. 2019 And apparently, even after 43 years with only 126 miles on it, the motorcycle is close to brand new—in regard to both the interior and exterior. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "Put Your Bid In So You Can Try And Own Elvis Presley's 1976 Harley," 3 Sep. 2019 Any number of scenes are inscrutable in terms of dramatic need or even what’s actually going on, especially in regard to Lionel’s interactions with Laura Rose. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Motherless Brooklyn': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 In a letter provided to The Verge, anonymous Caviar employees say DoorDash and Square did not offer them fair compensation packages in regard to unvested shares and upcoming promotions that were formerly on the Caviar financial cycle. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Caviar employees claim DoorDash and Square are mistreating them over acquisition offers," 14 Aug. 2019 After The News sought comment on Hastings' testimony, a CBP spokesman responded said that the agency had nothing further to provide in regard to Galicia’s case. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "A Border Patrol chief testifies that Francisco Galicia never claimed U.S. citizenship, but document says otherwise," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anyone with any information regarding Renezmae’s death is asked to call the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Office at (505) 753-5555. Steve Helling,, "Missing 5-Year-Old N.M Girl Is Found Dead in a Riverbed, as Police Investigate 'Responsible Party'," 16 Sep. 2019 Most of the vetoes Trump has issued during his presidency were of bipartisan resolutions regarding Saudi Arabia, and every time Congress has failed to muster enough votes to override his veto. Josh Wingrove,, "Trump's Suggestion of Iran Strike Raises Bipartisan Alarm," 16 Sep. 2019 According to a statement from LMPD's Alicia Smiley, police responded to the 3300 block of Hikes Lane around 6:30 p.m. when a call came in regarding the incident. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Police: 3 people shot Thursday night near Hikes Point, 16-year-old in critical condition," 13 Sep. 2019 There should be intriguing matchups between the Mean Green’s receivers and Cal’s highly regarded secondary. Steve Kroner,, "Cal vs. North Texas football: Story lines, players to watch, TV info," 13 Sep. 2019 Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141. Alexa Fuenmayor, azcentral, "Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run in south Phoenix," 12 Sep. 2019 Notes: Highly regarded now as both a conductor and a violinist, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider returns with a charming bouquet of French and Russian ballet works, all of it penned by masters of orchestration. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra plans deep dives, wide variety: 2019-20 season preview," 12 Sep. 2019 There are still plenty of unknowns regarding the actual habitability of K2-18b, but the detection of water vapor is an important first step in figuring out if similar worlds are habitable. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Just Found Water Vapor in the Atmosphere of a Potentially Habitable Exoplanet," 11 Sep. 2019 There was something menacing, even disturbing, about this woman in punk attire, regarding the reader warily through her dramatic eye makeup. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of regard


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


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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