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regard (n.)

mid-14c., "a consideration; a judgment," from Old French regard, regart, from regarder "take notice of," from re-, here perhaps an intensive prefix, + garder "look, heed," from a Germanic language (see guard (n.)).

Meanings "a look, appearance; respect, esteem, favor, kindly feeling which springs from a consideration of estimable qualities" all are recorded late 14c. Phrase in regard to is from mid-15c. (Chaucer uses at regard of).

regard (v.)

mid-14c., regarden, "consider" (that something is so or a certain way), from Old French regarder "to look at, take notice of," from re-, here perhaps an intensive prefix, + garder "look, heed," from a Germanic language (see guard (n.)).

Sense of "consider of importance or interest" is from 1510s. Meaning "look upon, observe" is from 1520s, as is that of "observe a certain respect toward." From 1610s as "look upon" (with a certain feeling), "have or show a certain feeling for." Related: Regarded; regarding.

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Definitions of regard
1
regard (n.)
(usually preceded by `in') a detail or point;
Synonyms: respect
regard (n.)
paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people);
Synonyms: attentiveness / heed / paying attention
regard (n.)
(usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare;
give him my kind regards
Synonyms: wish / compliments
regard (n.)
a long fixed look;
Synonyms: gaze
regard (n.)
the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded);
a man who has earned high regard
Synonyms: esteem / respect
regard (n.)
a feeling of friendship and esteem;
she mistook his manly regard for love
Synonyms: respect
regard (n.)
an attitude of admiration or esteem;
Synonyms: respect / esteem
2
regard (v.)
deem to be;
Synonyms: see / consider / reckon / view
regard (v.)
look at attentively;
Synonyms: consider
regard (v.)
connect closely and often incriminatingly;
Synonyms: involve / affect
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