verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to pay attention.
to look or gaze.



    as regards. as1(def 27).
    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regards

Contemporary Examples of regards

Historical Examples of regards

  • A child has a right to finality as regards its compulsory lessons.

  • When a man finds that a woman can reason,—do anything but feel,—he regards her as a menace.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • In what does not regard the possession of her, concedo; but in what regards it, nego.

  • The Lyce competes formidably with the convents as regards fees.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • "Give Mrs. Bowlder my regards," said the journalist, comprehending the symbolism.

British Dictionary definitions for regards



to look closely or attentively at (something or someone); observe steadily
(tr) to hold (a person or thing) in respect, admiration, or affectionwe regard your work very highly
(tr) to look upon or consider in a specified wayshe regarded her brother as her responsibility
(tr) to relate to; concern; have a bearing on
to take notice of or pay attention to (something); heedhe has never regarded the conventions
as regards (preposition) in respect of; concerning


a gaze; look
attention; heedhe spends without regard to his bank balance
esteem, affection, or respect
reference, relation, or connection (esp in the phrases with regard to or in regard to)
(plural) good wishes or greetings (esp in the phrase with kind regards, used at the close of a letter)
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 regards

plural of regard (n.). In letters, from 1775, from regard in the sense of "esteem, affection" (late 14c.).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with regards


see in regard to.

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