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[ ri-gahrd ]

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.

    Synonyms: value, revere, honor, respect

  4. to take into account; consider.
  5. to look at; observe:

    She regarded him with amusement.

    Synonyms: mark, remark, see, note, notice

  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.


/ 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

  3. tr to look upon or consider in a specified way

    she 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); heed

    he has never regarded the conventions

  6. as regards
    preposition in respect of; concerning
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  1. a gaze; look
  2. attention; heed

    he 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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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.
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Derived Forms

  • reˈgardable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • unre·garded adjective
  • unre·garded·ly adverb
  • well-re·garded adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of regard1

First recorded in 1350–1400; (for the verb) late Middle English, from Middle French regarder “to look at” ( reward none ); equivalent to re- none + guard none; noun derivative of the verb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of regard1

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

  1. with / in regard to, referring to; concerning: Also Informal, within regards to.

    With regard to the new contract, we have some questions.

  2. as regards. as 1( def 27 ).

More idioms and phrases containing regard

see in regard to .
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Example Sentences

Especially with regard to medical services, it’s dangerous to have it just on an app … it limits the number of people who can use it.

We knew going into the season that the NHL’s all-Canadian North Division would be very fun and very competitive, and in that regard it has not disappointed.

In that regard, Ellsberg has a new bone to pick with the Times.

With regard to bread or other recipes, any recipe developer worth their salt will tell you that you need to pay attention to much more than timing.

Previously, advertisers created blocklists of keywords to exclude, but this option could give you more control over where ads are placed in the Facebook News Feed, especially in regard to sensitive content.

I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.

Your letter highlights so many of the harsh realities trans people face, specifically in regard to how society rejects us.

Fracking, in this regard, is no different from gypsum mining, or some kinds of industrial agriculture.

Mahoney helped author the I-STOP legislation based on data his office collected in regard to fraud.

And with regard to taking on Hillary Clinton, he does no better than any of the rest of them.

No man should regard the subject of religion as decided for him until he has read The Golden Bough.

The Spaniards, indeed, feigned to regard them only as a remnant of the rebels who had joined the pre-existing brigand bands.

Soon after that, I wrote you in regard to the condition in which we found this infant Church and Colony.

Condition of the archbishopric of Manila in regard to the affairs of ecclesiastical and secular government.

None the less it is the most nearly true of all the broad generalizations that can be attempted in regard to mankind.


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