Definition of regard in English:

regard

verb

  • 1[with object and adverbial] Consider or think of in a specified way:

    ‘she regarded London as her base’
    ‘he was highly regarded by senators of both parties’
    • ‘We reluctantly conclude that we must regard the resulting convictions as unsafe.’
    • ‘Having studied and lived overseas for 15 years, Cai regards this fireworks show as a good chance for him to gain contact with the country's mainstream culture.’
    • ‘He was widely regarded by colleagues as one of the leading experts in his field.’
    • ‘Yet, you're generally regarded now as a great sculptor and artist.’
    • ‘I have set that part of the judgment out in detail because I regard it as of considerable importance.’
    • ‘While well regarded by his contemporaries he did not exert major influence or attract artistic followers.’
    • ‘Stewart, though, is well regarded in banking circles and could be the right man at the right time.’
    • ‘Second, the notion that people will be genetically designed is widely regarded with suspicion rather than anticipation.’
    • ‘How do you feel about being a regarded as a lesbian sex symbol?’
    • ‘The political party is regarded with cynical disdain.’
    • ‘I regard this statement of considerable importance; it sets the background against which it is crucial to consider the issues in the case.’
    • ‘None of those matters elaborated can possibly be regarded as irrelevant considerations.’
    • ‘In 1851 he founded his own piano factory, producing instruments highly regarded by his contemporaries.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, artists examine how America regards their own countries.’
    • ‘More people are now willing to listen to the man many once regarded with contempt or annoyance.’
    • ‘Both are utterly professional and are regarded with something approaching awe by their contemporaries.’
    • ‘But moulds, although generally regarded with suspicion, are also of importance.’
    • ‘He did not regard his formal studies to be a happy experience, but remained a life-long disciple of self-culture.’
    • ‘At this point it is interesting to look back and consider which we regard as his cleverest clue.’
    • ‘The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded in some circles as being Wilde's best work.’
    consider, look on, view, see, hold, think, think of, contemplate, count, judge, deem, estimate, evaluate, interpret, appraise, assess, make of, find, put down as, take for, account, reckon, treat, adjudge, size up, value, rate, gauge, sum up, weigh up
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    1. 1.1 Gaze at steadily in a particular way:
      ‘Professor Ryker regarded him with a faint smile’
      ‘Nuala regarded him unflinchingly’
      • ‘It's been a week and he still regards me with that disconcertingly haunted stare.’
      • ‘Edella regards me quizzically, but I just stare right back at her with an equally confused expression.’
      • ‘I lazily dropped the envelopes to my side on the couch and sat back with a hopeless sigh, staring directly at the droning television, not regarding anything happening on it.’
      • ‘He leaned back against the edge of the table and regarded me steadily.’
      • ‘Angus produced his Ordinance Survey map and Jimmy regarded it with distaste.’
      • ‘She turned her head to regard him with a deathly frosty gaze.’
      • ‘With a small sigh, Laine turned her gaze to Alvar, who was regarding Lexa with an expression that was a cross between confusion and anxiety.’
      • ‘There was no emotion on his face, and his gaze seemed pretty blank as he regarded it, as though waiting for something to happen.’
      • ‘Above him the huge form peered down at him and regarded him quizzically.’
      • ‘I regarded my toes as they peeped out of the water while I floated on my back.’
      • ‘I was also uncomfortably aware of the fact that Brendan was regarding me with a steady gaze.’
      • ‘He jerked his head out of her grip, and regarded her again with that emotionless gaze of his.’
      • ‘When he turned his gaze to regard the trees, he realized that they seemed to be fading in and out of existence whenever he attempted to focus on one.’
      • ‘Regan turned around to regard him, but the guard squirmed under his gaze.’
      • ‘When I looked up she was regarding me with a level stare.’
      • ‘While Mona stares uncomfortably into the horse's eye, Tamsin regards her with poised bemusement.’
      • ‘He, evidently, did not know what he was in store for, because he was regarding her with a patronizing stare, most likely underestimating her abilities.’
      • ‘She sent Daniel an apologetic look, but he was regarding Melvin with rigid steadiness.’
      • ‘But Rich, silent until now, was regarding Shaun with a contemplative gaze.’
      • ‘He was regarding her steadily; she couldn't quite be sure whether he was smiling or not.’
      look at, contemplate, eye, gaze at, stare at
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    2. 1.2archaic [with object] Pay attention to; heed:
      ‘he talk'd very wisely, but I regarded him not’
      heed, pay heed to, pay attention to, attend to, listen to, mind, take notice of, take into consideration, take into account
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  • 2archaic [with object] (of a thing) relate to; concern:

    ‘if these things regarded only myself, I could stand it with composure’
    • ‘And if the question regards the health of the mother, isn't that exactly when parents should be notified.’
    • ‘The case regards the misappropriation of a total of Rp 14 billion from the 2003 council budget fund to establish a councillors' housing compound.’
    • ‘The latest incident regards a Christian sect known as the ‘Shouters.’’
    • ‘One characteristic of modernity regards perception.’
    • ‘Just as a last thought, though, there is one other question that you should consider asking and it regards terms and conditions.’
    • ‘Your main safety concern regards the use of your power drill.’
    apply to, be relevant to, have relevance to, concern, refer to, have reference to, belong to, pertain to, be pertinent to, have to do with, bear on, have a bearing on, appertain to, affect, involve, cover, touch
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noun

  • 1[mass noun] Attention to or concern for something:

    ‘the court must have regard to the principle of welfare’
    ‘she rescued him without regard for herself’
    • ‘His Lordship was satisfied on the material before him that the Justices had regard to the material consideration.’
    • ‘Societies that imagine corporate identity, as nations or religions often do, pay more attention to the whole and give less regard to the individuals who form the whole.’
    • ‘However, these norms are thrown to the winds and the owners have scant regard for public safety.’
    • ‘But that does not mean they were conducted without regard to theory.’
    • ‘Athletes usually take these supplements recklessly with no regard for their welfare.’
    • ‘Out here even the local authority pays scant regard to the notices and rules of the Department of Nature Conservation.’
    • ‘In fact, Gandhi said that only people with a high regard for the law were qualified for civil disobedience.’
    • ‘He loses his sense of honour, and often his regard for truth.’
    • ‘Equal treatment without regard to race remains the enduring promise of the American creed.’
    • ‘A man walks this land, a madman who holds no regard for human life.’
    • ‘Mr O'Gorman said the Church had continually fought compensation cases in a callous manner showing no regard for the victims concerned.’
    • ‘I am unable to accept the submission that the Secretary of State paid too little regard to therapeutic considerations.’
    • ‘Our politicians show little regard for animal welfare or human safety.’
    • ‘Such things ought not to interfere with our regard for the sanctity of human life.’
    • ‘I'm also concerned that the change is being made piecemeal, without regard to the proposed redevelopment of the waterfront and City Hall car park.’
    • ‘Indiscriminately slashing parking space by half with no regard to residents' own needs is wrong, few can argue with that.’
    • ‘The goal of this principle is the prevention of broad indiscriminate attacks without regard to civilian casualties and property.’
    • ‘They're determined to impose this agreement on the Australian people without regard for very legitimate concerns.’
    • ‘They seem to have nothing to say about our government conducting itself without regard to morality whenever it is convenient.’
    • ‘In my judgment it is legitimate to have regard to public perception when considering the characteristics of a penal system.’
    consideration, care, concern, sympathy, thought, mind, notice, heed, attention, interest
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    1. 1.1 Liking and respect; esteem:
      ‘they hold dolphins in high regard’
      [count noun] ‘she had a particular regard for Eliot’
      • ‘Through collective agreement, the book format, a scholarly binding, is held in a higher regard than magazines and other similar entertainment circulations.’
      • ‘Remarkably, given the regard in which Led Zeppelin are held, none of it sounds like pastiche, possibly because these nods to the past are surrounded by music that fixes its gaze firmly forward.’
      • ‘Unlike most of his contemporaries, Doyle rarely watches movies and has no particular regard for Hollywood.’
      • ‘The great gathering of friends reflected the special esteem and regard in which Paddy was held by a legion of people.’
      • ‘A lady of gentle and quiet disposition, Mary Ellen was a firm favourite throughout the local rural community where she commanded great regard and respect.’
      • ‘One of the grand ' old stock ' of the area, Nora commanded great regard throughout the community.’
      • ‘We respect people and have regard for people if they are good at what they do.’
      • ‘I suppose people just want to show their love and regard and respect for me.’
      • ‘Bill commanded great regard throughout the community and news of his passing was received with much regret and sadness.’
      • ‘He expressed particular regard for Frans Hals, an acknowledged Golden Age master of the Dutch group portrait.’
      • ‘Judging rationally for oneself makes one think like an adult - and so earn the regard of others.’
      • ‘Students should have great respect and regard for their teachers, she said.’
      • ‘He was good neighbour and friend who commanded much regard and respect in the area.’
      • ‘Pleasant and affable in his dealings with people, he commanded great regard throughout the community.’
      • ‘Still, none of these disagreements affected either my intellectual or personal regard for Illich.’
      • ‘What is clear is the regard Lisa has for her family and her art, and the central role of God in her life.’
      • ‘While this book may not increase one's regard for American life, it does fascinate.’
      • ‘I have no doubt that it was a more accurate insight into the regard in which he is held than the caricatures of oppression which have been fed to us for 40 years.’
      • ‘At the gathering, Secretary General Kofi Annan listened quietly to three and a half hours of bluntly worded counsel from a group united in its personal regard for him and support for the United Nations.’
      • ‘Further evidence, if any were needed, of the regard in which the First Division's front-runners hold each other was provided by the rousing nature of the early exchanges.’
      esteem, respect, high opinion, acclaim, admiration, approval, approbation, popularity, appreciation, estimation, favour, deference, reverence, veneration, liking, affection, love
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    2. 1.2[in singular] A steady or significant look:
      ‘he shifted uneasily before their clear regard’
      • ‘The gaze is steady and there is both a reserve and a frank regard in her eyes.’
      • ‘We never see Lisa as others do, nor do we exactly see what Lisa is seeing, for she sees not with an outward regard but with an inner one, an imaginary self, years afterward.’
      • ‘Levin looked at him hard as he signed another document; he was aware of the regard, but did not speak.’
      • ‘Her husband was a tall, long-featured man, with a brown beard; he had a pondering regard; and was, it must be added, usually kind and tolerant to her.’
      • ‘And how does this past, with a mere gesture or a simple regard, haunt and torment you as you wander along an empty cotton field or a dusty country road?’
      • ‘With the luxury of time, the regard of the subject can move from confrontational and guarded to direct and open.’
      look, gaze, stare, fixed look, intent look
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  • 2regardsBest wishes (used to express friendliness in greetings):

    ‘give her my regards’
    • ‘The President of Ireland sent her regards and friends and relations from her home place and from Castledermot gathered to wish her well for a long, long time to come.’
    • ‘Don't forget to tell the guys that I send regards and that I hope we can be together in Silver City.’
    • ‘First, I send my sincerest regards to the friends and family of Mr Luxton, Mr Falloon, and, of course, David Lange.’
    • ‘His many friends and supporters in Killarney send their best regards to the genial Christy and we all hope to see him out and about very soon.’
    • ‘And last but not least, send warm wishes, love, and best regards to yourself and Sara.’
    • ‘Well, we're coming home soon, my family sends their regards.’
    • ‘First of all, I would like to convey my deep regards to our best friend Mr. Bush.’
    • ‘By the way, give my regards to your friend Rhapsody, and thank her for her kindness.’
    • ‘I hope the article is coming along well. Regards, Jack Farquhar’
    • ‘At any rate, I am looking forward to Anansi Boys and I love your blog. Warmest regards, Mary Bongiovi’
    • ‘Thanks to everyone for their best wishes and regards.’
    • ‘For those living on the other side of the wall, well, they had our warmest personal regards and best wishes.’
    • ‘But please give my regards and good wishes to your family, especially to Gwen.’
    • ‘José, a product of Port Rex High School and Pollock Sports, sends his regards to friends here and says ‘see you in November’.’
    • ‘Best regards and thanks once again for helping to spread the good news!’
    • ‘I asked him to pass on my regards and my hopes that life, no matter how short from now on, will be kind to them.’
    • ‘Please pass on my thanks and regards to your friend, Stoatie.’
    best wishes, good wishes, greetings, kind regards, kindest regards, felicitations, salutations, respects, compliments, best, love
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French regarder to watch, from re- back (also expressing intensive force) + garder to guard.

Pronunciation:

regard

/rɪˈɡɑːd/