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

In this regard, both White and second-round pick Daniel Gafford excelled. K.c. Johnson,, "Even when Coby White ‘couldn’t hit a 3 to save my life’ in summer league, he was gaining valuable experience for the Bulls," 14 July 2019 With regard to Michigan's 2019 class, incoming offensive lineman Jack Stewart is the player who fits this description. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Jack Stewart could be another New England find," 12 July 2019 In this regard, it should be noted that eight of the AU member countries (Cape Verde, Comores, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Somalia) will be able to borrow more resources from the AMF than the IMF. Danny Bradlow, Quartz Africa, "After the free trade agreement, we need to focus on realizing the African Monetary Fund," 6 July 2019 British comedian Jack Whitehall was quick to comment in this regard. George Ramsay, CNN, "Alex Morgan taunts British tea-drinking tradition with goal celebration," 3 July 2019 The Passaic schools cannot make comment with regard to student matters involving a juvenile. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Mother allegedly attacked by her son's 13-year-old bully," 26 June 2019 Over the past few weeks, consumers have brought forward a number of quality issues with regard to our So Rich Lipsticks. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Jaclyn Hill Refunds All Customers for Lipstick Purchases After Contamination Complaints," 24 June 2019 Simon Derrick of BNY Mellon points to two developments in this regard. The Economist, "Low interest rates and sluggish growth may lead to currency wars," 21 June 2019 In this regard, the Warriors played an unimpeachable game. Rob Mahoney,, "The Hobbled Warriors Just Didn't Have Enough," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Future historians may regard that epoch of reverence as unusual. The Economist, "The internet is changing language less than curmudgeons fear," 20 July 2019 But the monarch is highly regarded, particularly among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, as the supreme upholder of Malay tradition. Fox News, "Former Malaysia king divorces Russian beauty queen wife, months after abdicating throne," 17 July 2019 Still regarded as an all-time favorite among critics and fans alike, the album’s dream pop riffs and orchestration remain as fresh and stirring as ever. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music in L.A.: Dudamel, Queen, Mekons and more," 17 July 2019 His followers regard him as a fearless Islamic fundamentalist. Jon Gerberg, Washington Post, "Pakistan arrests top militant figure ahead of prime minister’s visit to U.S.," 17 July 2019 Straczynski has lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 35 years, but part of him still regards San Diego County as his home. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "J. Michael Straczynski has his fingers in all of Comic-Con’s pies," 17 July 2019 Booker's campaign is regarded as having one of the strongest presences on the ground, with nearly 50 full time paid staffers including many with Iowa connections. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Few Republicans denounce Trump's attacks," 16 July 2019 Counterpoint: Why mess with success since Harris is regarded as one of the NFL’s best slot cover men? Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Position Preview: Additions give secondary needed versatility," 16 July 2019 Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. John Archibald |,, "America: Land of the free, or of the fear?," 14 July 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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