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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More From CFO Journal The U.K. ranks lower than France, Sweden, Belgium and Finland with regard to the percentage of top executive roles held by women, but higher than the U.S., the Netherlands and Germany. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Women Still Hold Less Than a Third of Top Roles at U.K. Companies, Review Finds," 10 Feb. 2020 According to The New York Times, the commission which oversees human rights laws in regards to housing, retail establishments, has officially reached a settlement with Prada, signing a deal on February 4, 2020. Sara Radin,, "New York City Government Is Getting Involved With The Fashion Industry’s Race Problem," 6 Feb. 2020 The report concluded by stating that film is on par with television in regards to the number of stories being told about girls and women for the first time in over a decade. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Women, Actors of Color Better Represented in 2019 Films, Study Finds," 4 Feb. 2020 These included widespread fears of political marginalisation and historical narratives of injustice with regard to land, which also appealed to a number of other communities. Gabrielle Lynch, Quartz Africa, "How Daniel arap Moi became Kenya’s “big man” president," 3 Feb. 2020 Anyone with information in regards to the shooting is asked to call Ravenna police at 330-296-6486. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Ravenna boy dies after accidentally shooting self in the chest, police say," 1 Feb. 2020 The fair use question is a good bit more complicated, especially with regard to memes. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Success Kid's Mom Won't Stand for Steve King's 'Meme' Ad," 30 Jan. 2020 Republican allies of the president have long accused the FBI of scheming with Democrats to undermine Trump, particularly in regards to the bureau's use of British ex-spy Christopher Steele's unverified dossier to obtain warrants to wiretap Page. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Jim Jordan: Impeachment began when FBI 'spied on four American citizens'," 14 Jan. 2020 Coons, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, was reported to have asked last week if the administration consult Congress in regards to any further action taken against Iran. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Coons: Trump gave Laura Ingraham more info on Soleimani strike than Senate got," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The atomic bomb that plays so great a part in this story, although a creation of Mr. Wells, may be regarded as inspired by Frederick Soddy’s The Interpretation of Radium (1909). Scientific American, "H.G. Wells Envisions Atomic Bomb 30 Years Ahead of Time," 13 Feb. 2020 What's more, gripes have cropped up regarding the XC60's Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 Rutgers University Professor Alan Robock spoke with Fox News about the Armageddon and his team’s new study regarding a nuclear war’s effects on ocean life. Fox News, "What happens in a nuclear apocalypse?," 13 Feb. 2020 In the new video, James addressed the long-standing comments from fans regarding the pair’s similar looks, something even James himself has noticed and talked about in the past. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "James Charles Turned Himself Into Dua Lipa Using Only Makeup," 12 Feb. 2020 Equifax saw the theft of personal identifiable information regarding 147 million people—effectively the entire adult population of the United States—including drivers’ license numbers of at least 10 million of them. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "China's Hacking Spree Will Have a Decades-Long Fallout," 11 Feb. 2020 Around the same time as the Heritage Foundation’s October event, a case regarding the guardianship of a trans child was making headlines. Sydney Bauer, The New Republic, "The New Anti-Trans Culture War Hiding in Plain Sight," 11 Feb. 2020 Day 10 30 60 90 120 The day W.H.O. issued a global alert regarding the outbreak. National Geographic, "How coronavirus compares to flu, Ebola, and other major outbreaks," 7 Feb. 2020 In Draupner’s wake, two schools of thought surfaced regarding how monstrous waves could develop. Quanta Magazine, "The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves," 5 Feb. 2020

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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