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.


  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

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.

see in regard to.

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