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

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 The pandemic is often only discussed with regard to its negative impact on mental health, but Bill Gates has pointed to COVID-19 as a catalyst for the world being digitized at warp speed. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 9 May 2022 In examining both instances—the Williams sisters’ in 2001 and Osaka’s in 2022—there exists the disappointing realization that, in 20 years, not much has changed with regard to how athletes, particularly Black female ones, are treated. SELF, 8 May 2022 In other words, the same general messaging from the previous leadership, with regard to the cinematic future of DC. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Majumdar said the school will work with fossil-fuel companies that meet the university policies, which evaluates companies’ ethical investment framework with regard to environmental damage. Colleen Shalbystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 But first names may carry even more weight with regard to our identity. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2022 Another risk the Labor Department outlined with regard to cryptocurrency investing is the uncertainty surrounding its regulation. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The heat’s certainly being turned up with regard to hot chicken options in the area. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Apr. 2022 Exact numbers for this school year haven’t been released, but after the fall and winter tournaments, WIAA executive staff reported positive returns to the Board of Control with regard to how the association did financially during each period. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nickelodeon Christmas Around the World Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie host this new holiday special that showcases how the holiday is celebrated around the world, including what various cultures regard as Christmas foods. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Biden spent decades commuting from the Senate to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and likes to break out of what commanders in chief often regard as the gilded cage of the presidential mansion. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 June 2021 These labels have, however, long imposed particular explanations for what many researchers now regard as a complex illness at the interface of psychiatry and neurology. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2020 The women’s sentencing to Occoquan marked a shift in the government’s response to the protest, one which would ultimately lead to what some historians regard as the turning point in the movement towards suffrage. Alli Hartley-kong, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2020 Most traditions of ancestor veneration regard only some of the dead as having power over the living, and commemorate just those figures accordingly. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Most dogs regard their relationships with humans as more important than their relationships with other dogs, and adapt to those who care for them. NBC News, 25 Feb. 2022 Players typically spend more time together during travel than when at home, so the Pacers regard two road games -- Tuesday at New York and Friday at Cleveland -- as well-timed. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Oct. 2021 Like the articles of faith, Sikhs regard their turbans as gifts given by their beloved gurus, and its meaning is deeply personal. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Regard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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