- Regard is defined as consideration or attention for something or someone.
An example of regard is having concern for an old boyfriend, even after a break up.
- Regard is to think of someone or something in a particular way.
An example of regard is for a boss to consider one of his employees as top notch.
- a firm, fixed look; gaze
- consideration; attention; concern: to have some regard for one's safety
- respect and affection; esteem: to have high regard for one's teachers
- good wishes; respects; affection: give my regards to your father
- Obs. aspect; appearance
Origin of regardMiddle English ; from Old French ; from regarder: see re- and amp; guard
- to observe or look at with a firm, steady gaze; look at attentively
- to take into account; consider
- Archaic to give attentive heed to or show concern for
- to hold in affection and respect: to regard one's friends highly
- to think of in a certain light; consider: to regard taxes as a burden
- to have relation to; concern; have reference to: that which regards our welfare
Origin of regardME regarden < OFr regarder
- to look; gaze
- to pay heed or attention
in regard to
in this regard
without regard to
verbre·gard·ed, re·gard·ing, re·gards
- To think of or consider in a particular way: I regard him as a fool.
- To look at attentively; observe closely: “He regarded the delicate lines of her profile” (Thomas Hardy).
- To relate or refer to; concern: This item regards their liability.
- Archaic To take into account; consider.
- To give heed; pay attention.
- To look or gaze.
- Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
- a. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has little regard for your work.b. regards Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
- A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
- A look or gaze: “Such quick regards his sparkling eyes bestow” (Alexander Pope).
- Obsolete Appearance or aspect.
Origin of regardMiddle English regarden, from Old French regarder, to look at : re-, re- + guarder, to guard, look at (of Germanic origin; see guard). Usage Note: Regard is traditionally used in the singular in the phrase in regard (not in regards) to. In our 2004 survey, barely six percent of the Usage Panel accepted the phrase in regards to. Slightly more than half the Panel found the syntactically peculiar as regards acceptable in the sentence These surveys show a high level of satisfaction with government policy among the elderly in the Scandinavian countries, especially as regards the medical services provided by the state. Sixty-seven percent accepted in regard to in the same sentence. The phrase with respect to is also standard in this use. Many Panelists said that they would prefer regarding over the other prepositions in these situations. The similar prepositional use of respecting is controversial. In our 2009 survey, 55 percent rejected the example You must follow all regulations respecting the use of the park. This usage has a somewhat old-fashioned ring to it and probably should be avoided.
From Anglo-Norman reguard, reguarde, from early Middle French regard, from regarder (“to look at, observe, regard"), from Old French reguarder. Attested in Middle English starting around the mid 14th century. Compare guard, reward.
(third-person singular simple present regards, present participle regarding, simple past and past participle regarded)
- To look at; to observe. [from 16th c.]
- She regarded us warily.
- To consider, look upon (something) in a given way etc. [from 16th c.]
- I always regarded tabloid journalism as a social evil.
- He regards honesty as a duty.
- (archaic) To take notice of, pay attention to. [from 16th c.]
- To face toward.
- To have to do with, to concern. [from 17th c.]
- That argument does not regard the question.
From Middle French regarder, from Old French reguarder. First attested in late Middle English, circa the early 15th century.