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

Abandoning a dog without regard for its well being falls under the Connecticut General Statute 53-247, and falls under animal cruelty, the post said. Abigail Brone,, "Police search for owner of deceased dog found on side of road in Woodbridge," 2 July 2019 There is a crisis at our southern border with a mass influx of aliens lured by the lies of human smugglers who profit without regard for human life or well-being. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Two more migrants die in US custody after crossing Mexico border," 4 June 2019 Radiation spread without regard for borders, reaching as far as England through rains. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Unleash Long-Frozen Radiation," 15 Apr. 2019 But Bernhardt has defended the approach, arguing that the government has too often pursued protections without regard for the potential cost to landowners and businesses. Jennifer A. Dlouhy, The Seattle Times, "Zinke’s departure puts Interior in hands of former oil lobbyist," 17 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The oversight is regarded as a necessary but missing piece of this emerging scientific and political puzzle. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Risks of Controversial Geoengineering Approach “May Be Overstated”," 3 July 2019 Woodbridge Regional Municipal Animal Control is asking the public for information regarding a dead dog found in a crate on the side of the road. Abigail Brone,, "Police search for owner of deceased dog found on side of road in Woodbridge," 2 July 2019 Theft, Brookpark Road: Police responded at 9:12 p.m. June 19 to Target regarding a suspected shoplifter. Bruce Geiselman,, "Police use spike strip to end car chase: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 29 June 2019 But this is not the first time a murder or manslaughter charge has been applied regarding an unborn child. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Charges in Marshae Jones case explained," 28 June 2019 Anyone fishing in the area of Willow Creek on Thursday with information regarding Hartlage is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-745-2131. Anchorage Daily News, "76-year-old Kentucky man goes missing on Willow Creek fishing trip," 28 June 2019 Officers were called to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center at 8:25 p.m. Sunday regarding a stabbing victim. Aegis Staff Report,, "Bel Air Police make arrest in basketball court stabbing," 27 June 2019 Those with information regarding Esslinger or who see his vehicle can contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office or the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Search underway for missing Eagle County man," 27 June 2019 No decision has been made regarding filling the trustee vacancy on the Clear Creek ISD board after the death of Chris Reed, a district spokeswoman said. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD ponders filling trustee vacancy," 26 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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