[ ri-gahrd ]
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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.

  1. to think highly of; esteem.

  2. to take into account; consider.

  3. to look at; observe: She regarded him with amusement.

  4. to relate to; concern: The news does not regard the explosion.

  5. 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.

  1. thought; attention; concern.

  2. look; gaze.

  3. respect, esteem, or deference: a high regard for scholarship.

  4. kindly feeling; liking.

  5. regards, sentiments of esteem or affection: Give them my regards.

Idioms about regard

  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

First recorded in 1350–1400; (for the verb) late Middle English, from Middle French regarder “to look at” (cf. reward); equivalent to re- + guard; noun derivative of the verb

usage note For regard

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.

Other words for regard

Other words from regard

  • un·re·gard·ed, adjective
  • un·re·gard·ed·ly, adverb
  • well-re·gard·ed, adjective

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How to use regard in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for regard


/ (rɪˈɡɑːd) /

  1. to look closely or attentively at (something or someone); observe steadily

  2. (tr) to hold (a person or thing) in respect, admiration, or affection: we regard your work very highly

  1. (tr) to look upon or consider in a specified way: she regarded her brother as her responsibility

  2. (tr) to relate to; concern; have a bearing on

  3. to take notice of or pay attention to (something); heed: he has never regarded the conventions

  4. as regards (preposition) in respect of; concerning

  1. a gaze; look

  2. attention; heed: he spends without regard to his bank balance

  1. esteem, affection, or respect

  2. reference, relation, or connection (esp in the phrases with regard to or in regard to)

  3. (plural) good wishes or greetings (esp in the phrase with kind regards, used at the close of a letter)

  4. in this regard on this point

Origin of regard

C14: from Old French regarder to look at, care about, from re- + garder to guard

Derived forms of regard

  • regardable, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with regard


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