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regard

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1 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • she regarded him with astonishment when he announced he had gotten engaged

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2 to take notice of and be guided by
  • as a traveler, you should regard the laws and customs of whatever country you are visiting

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3 to think of in a particular way
  • I wouldn't regard that offhand comment as a serious threat to your personal safety

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4 to think very highly or favorably of
  • an astronomer who is highly regarded by his peers

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5 to give consideration to (as unexpected circumstances or contingencies)
  • the judges regard the amount of effort and energy you put into the project in evaluating it

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regard

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Synonyms & Antonyms of regard (Entry 2 of 2)

2 an instance of looking especially briefly
  • flashed the young man an imperial regard that clearly indicated such behavior was out of line

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3 relation to or concern with something specified
  • with regard to your request for time off, go ahead and take the whole week for vacation

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4 regards plural best wishes
  • give your parents my regards

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5 a fixed intent look
  • fixed the same magisterial regard on all the miscreants who appeared before her in court

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6 archaic the outward form of someone or something especially as indicative of a quality
  • Lord Warwick's noble regard and gallant demeanor set the innocent maid's heart aflutter

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How does the verb regard contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of regard are admire, esteem, and respect. While all these words 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

In what contexts can admire take the place of regard?

The meanings of admire and regard largely overlap; however, admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection.

a friend that I truly admire

When might esteem be a better fit than regard?

The words esteem and regard are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation.

no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed

When can respect be used instead of regard?

While the synonyms respect and regard are close in meaning, respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation.

after many years they came to respect her views

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The first known use of regard was in the 14th century

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“Regard.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/regard. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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