• Regard


    • UK IPA: /ɹɪˈɡɑːd/
    • US IPA: /ɹɪˈɡɑɹd/
    • Hyphenation: re + gard
    • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)d

    Origin 1

    Alternative forms

    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.

    Full definition of regard



    (plural regards)
    1. A steady look, a gaze. from 15th c.
      • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 750:He bathed in the memory of her blondness, of her warm blue regard, and the sentiment permeated his sensibility with tenderness made the more rich because its object was someone long since dead.
    2. One's concern for another; esteem. from 16th c.
    3. (preceded by “in” or “with”) A particular aspect or detail; respect, sense. from 16th c.
      • 1842, Treuttel and Würtz, The Foreign Quarterly Review, page 144:This attempt will be made with every regard to the difficulty of the undertaking....
      • 1903, Kentucky Mines and Minerals Dept, Annual Report, page 186:We are spending a lot of money trying to put this mine in shape; we are anxious to comply with the wishes of your office in every regard ....
      • 1989, Leonard W. Poon, David C. Rubin, Barbara A. Wilson, Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life, Cambridge University Press, page 399:These problems were not traditional problems with realistic stimuli, but rather were realistic in every regard.

    Origin 2

    From Middle French regarder, from Old French reguarder. First attested in late Middle English, circa the early 15th century.


    1. (transitive, obsolete) To set store by (something), to hold (someone) in esteem; to consider to have value, to respect. from 16th c.
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke XVIII:There was a Judge in a certaine cite, which feared not god nether regarded man.
    2. To look at; to observe. from 16th c.She regarded us warily.
    3. (transitive) 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.
      • ShakespeareYour niece regards me with an eye of favour.
      • MacaulayHis associates seem to have regarded him with kindness.
      • 2012, May 5, Phil McNulty, Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.
    4. (transitive, archaic) To take notice of, pay attention to. from 16th c.
      • ShakespeareIf much you note him,
        You offend him; ... feed, and regard him not.
    5. (transitive) To face toward.
      • SandysIt is a peninsula, which regardeth the main land.
      • John Evelynthat exceedingly beautiful seat of my Lord Pembroke, on the ascent of a hill, flanked with wood, and regarding the river
    6. (transitive) To have to do with, to concern. from 17th c.That argument does not regard the question.
      • 1821, edited by Curson Hansard, The parliamentary debates, Volume 3, My lords, the question thus proposed by your lordships to the Judges must be admitted by all persons to be a question of great importance, as it regards the administration of justice.
      • 1851, Committee of the Bristol Total Abstinence Society, The Bristol temperance herald, this meeting regards the traffic in intoxicating liquors as the most prolific source of ignorance, poverty, crime, disease, and premature death


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