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verb (used with object)
  1. to look upon or think of with a particular feeling: to regard a person with favor.
  2. to have or show respect or concern for.
  3. to think highly of; esteem.
  4. to take into account; consider.
  5. to look at; observe: She regarded him with amusement.
  6. to relate to; concern: The news does not regard the explosion.
  7. to see, look at, or conceive of in a particular way; judge (usually followed by as): I regard every assignment as a challenge. They regarded his behavior as childish.
verb (used without object)
  1. to pay attention.
  2. to look or gaze.
  1. reference; relation: to err with regard to facts.
  2. an aspect, point, or particular: quite satisfactory in this regard.
  3. thought; attention; concern.
  4. look; gaze.
  5. respect, esteem, or deference: a high regard for scholarship.
  6. kindly feeling; liking.
  7. regards, sentiments of esteem or affection: Give them my regards.
  1. as regards. as1(def 27).
  2. with/in regard to, referring to; concerning: With regard to the new contract, we have some questions.Also Informal, with/in regards to.

Origin of regard

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, noun derivative of regarder to look at (cf. reward); (v.) late Middle English < Middle French regarder. See re-, guard
Related formsun·re·gard·ed, adjectiveun·re·gard·ed·ly, adverbwell-re·gard·ed, adjective

Usage note

Although sometimes considered poor substitutes for about or concerning, the phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all varieties of spoken and written English, especially in business writing: As regards your letter of January 19. … Note that although in regards to and with regards to are generally considered poor usage, these less formal variants have become increasingly common.

Synonyms for regard

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British Dictionary definitions for in regard to


  1. to look closely or attentively at (something or someone); observe steadily
  2. (tr) to hold (a person or thing) in respect, admiration, or affectionwe regard your work very highly
  3. (tr) to look upon or consider in a specified wayshe regarded her brother as her responsibility
  4. (tr) to relate to; concern; have a bearing on
  5. to take notice of or pay attention to (something); heedhe has never regarded the conventions
  6. as regards (preposition) in respect of; concerning
  1. a gaze; look
  2. attention; heedhe spends without regard to his bank balance
  3. esteem, affection, or respect
  4. reference, relation, or connection (esp in the phrases with regard to or in regard to)
  5. (plural) good wishes or greetings (esp in the phrase with kind regards, used at the close of a letter)
  6. in this regard on this point
Derived Formsregardable, adjective

Word Origin for regard

C14: from Old French regarder to look at, care about, from re- + garder to guard
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Word Origin and History for in regard to



mid-14c., "a consideration; a judgment," from Old French regard, from regarder "take notice of," from re-, intensive prefix + garder "look, heed" (see guard (n.)). Meanings "a look, appearance; respect, esteem, favor, kindly feeling which springs from a consideration of estimable qualities" all recorded late 14c. Phrase in regard to is from mid-15c. (Chaucer uses at regard of).



mid-14c., "consider" (that something is so), from Middle French regarder "to look at," from regard (see regard (n.)). Meaning "look upon, observe" is from 1520s, as is that of "observe a certain respect toward." Related: Regarded; regarding.

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Idioms and Phrases with in regard to

in regard to

Also, as regards; in or with reference to; with regard to; in or with respect to. Concerning, about. For example, In regard to your letter, forget it, or As regards your subscription, I'm not sure why it was canceled, or In reference to your inquiry, we'll have to pass it on to the board, or We have a few questions with regard to your recent offer, or With respect to your latest request, we'll be happy to oblige. The word reference has been used in this idiom since the late 1500s, regard from the second half of the 1400s, and respect from the first half of the 1500s. Also see relative to.


see in regard to.

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