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regard Line breaks: re¦gard
Pronunciation: /rɪˈɡɑːd/

Definition of regard in English:


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
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  • None of those matters elaborated can possibly be regarded as irrelevant considerations.
  • I regard this statement of considerable importance; it sets the background against which it is crucial to consider the issues in the case.
  • I have set that part of the judgment out in detail because I regard it as of considerable importance.
1.1Gaze at steadily in a particular way: Professor Ryker regarded him with a faint smile Nuala regarded him unflinchingly
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  • He was regarding her steadily; she couldn't quite be sure whether he was smiling or not.
  • He leaned back against the edge of the table and regarded me steadily.
  • 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.
1.2 [with object] archaic Pay attention to; heed: he talk’d very wisely, but I regarded him not
2 [with object] archaic (Of a thing) relate to; concern: if these things regarded only myself, I could stand it with composure
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  • Your main safety concern regards the use of your power drill.
  • The latest incident regards a Christian sect known as the ‘Shouters.’
  • The case regards the misappropriation of a total of Rp 14 billion from the 2003 council budget fund to establish a councillors' housing compound.


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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
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  • They're determined to impose this agreement on the Australian people without regard for very legitimate concerns.
  • His Lordship was satisfied on the material before him that the Justices had regard to the material consideration.
  • They seem to have nothing to say about our government conducting itself without regard to morality whenever it is convenient.
1.1Liking and respect; esteem: they hold dolphins in high regard [count noun]: she had a particular regard for Eliot
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  • We respect people and have regard for people if they are good at what they do.
  • Students should have great respect and regard for their teachers, she said.
  • I suppose people just want to show their love and regard and respect for me.
esteem, respect, high opinion, acclaim, admiration, approval, approbation, popularity, appreciation, estimation, favour, deference, reverence, veneration, liking, affection, love
1.2 [in singular] A steady or significant look: he shifted uneasily before their clear regard
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  • The gaze is steady and there is both a reserve and a frank regard in her eyes.
  • With the luxury of time, the regard of the subject can move from confrontational and guarded to direct and open.
  • 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.
look, gaze, stare, fixed look, intent look;
observation, contemplation, examination, inspection, study, scrutiny
2 (regards) Best wishes (used to express friendliness in greetings): give her my regards
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  • For those living on the other side of the wall, well, they had our warmest personal regards and best wishes.
  • Thanks to everyone for their best wishes and regards.
  • But please give my regards and good wishes to your family, especially to Gwen.
best wishes, good wishes, greetings, kind/kindest regards, felicitations, salutations, respects, compliments, best, love


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

  • reward from Middle English:

    This comes from a variant of Old French reguardregard, heed’, also an early sense of the English word ( compare guard and ward). The notion of payment, showing your regard, was also early; found as money offered for the capture of a criminal or for the return of lost property from the late 16th century


as regards

Concerning; in respect of: as regards content, the programme will cover important current issues
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  • The parties reserved their position in this respect as regards any future proceedings.
  • I am willing to meet Mr Fagan to discuss any proposals he has for the park and I am sure he has a lot to offer as regards ideas for the park.
  • One such issue for Ireland is taxation, particularly as regards our favourable company tax rate.

in this (or that) regard

In connection with the point previously mentioned: there was little incentive for them to be active in this regard
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  • He singled out the areas of sport, academics and opera for special mention in this regard.
  • I am sure that the sale of the properties will assist in that regard, as already mentioned.
  • It is often mentioned in the same breath in that regard as Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March.
respect, aspect, facet, consideration, point, item, characteristic, particular, detail, specific, particularity, fact;
matter, issue, topic, question, circumstance

with (or in or having) regard to

As concerns; in respect of: he made enquiries with regard to Beth
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  • It appears that they have had little or no support in regard to either their professional or personal concerns.
  • Moreover, so far as Child 2 was concerned, having regard to the terms of what she had said, no action was taken at the time.
  • Such installations are giving rise to some concern, especially having regard to the sums needed to rectify the defects.




Words that rhyme with regard

Assad, aubade, avant-garde, backyard, ballade, bard, Bernard, bombard, canard, card, charade, chard, couvade, croustade, Cunard, facade, glissade, guard, hard, ill-starred, interlard, lard, Montagnard, nard, pard, petard, pomade, promenade, rodomontade, roulade, saccade, Sade, salade, sard, shard, unmarred, unscarred, yard

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