Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To think of or consider in a particular way.
  • intransitive verb To look at attentively; observe closely.
  • intransitive verb To relate or refer to; concern.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To take into account; consider.
  • intransitive verb To give heed; pay attention.
  • intransitive verb To look or gaze.
  • noun Careful thought or attention; heed.
  • noun Respect, affection, or esteem.
  • noun Good wishes expressing such sentiment.
  • noun A particular point or aspect; respect.
  • noun A look or gaze.
  • noun Obsolete Appearance or aspect.
  • idiom (as regards) In reference or relation to; with respect to.
  • idiom (in/with) In reference or relation to; with respect to.
  • idiom (in/with) In reference or relation to; with respect to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To look upon; observe; notice with some particularity; pay attention to.
  • To look toward; have an aspect or prospect toward.
  • To attend to with respect; observe a certain respect toward; respect; reverence; honor; esteem.
  • To consider of importance, value, moment, or interest; mind; care for: as, to regard the feelings of others; not to regard pain.
  • To have or to show certain feelings toward; show a certain disposition toward; treat; use.
  • To view; look on; consider: usually followed by as.
  • To have relation or respect to; concern: as, this argument does not regard the question.
  • To show attention to; care for; guard.
  • Synonyms To remark, heed, estimate, value.
  • To have concern; care.
  • noun Look or gaze; aspect.
  • noun Attention, as to a matter of importance or interest; heed; consideration.
  • noun That feeling or view of the mind which springs especially from estimable qualities in the object; esteem; affection; respect; reverence: as, to have a great regard for a person.
  • noun Repute, good or bad, but especially good; note; account.
  • noun Relation; respect; reference; view: often in the phrases in regard to, with regard to.
  • noun Matter; point; particular; consideration; condition; respect.
  • noun Prospect; object of sight; view.
  • noun In old English forest law:
  • noun Official view or inspection.
  • noun The area within the jurisdiction of the regarders.
  • noun plural Respects; good wishes; compliments: as, give my best regards to the family.
  • noun Comparatively; relatively. Compare in respect.
  • noun In regard to; in respect to.
  • noun Synonyms Notice, observance (of), care, concern.
  • noun Estimate, Estimation, etc. See esteem, love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To look attentively; to consider; to notice.
  • transitive verb To keep in view; to behold; to look at; to view; to gaze upon.
  • transitive verb obsolete Hence, to look or front toward; to face.
  • transitive verb To look closely at; to observe attentively; to pay attention to; to notice or remark particularly.
  • transitive verb To look upon, as in a certain relation; to hold as an popinion; to consider
  • transitive verb To consider and treat; to have a certain feeling toward.
  • transitive verb To pay respect to; to treat as something of peculiar value, sanctity, or the like; to care for; to esteem.
  • transitive verb To take into consideration; to take account of, as a fact or condition.
  • transitive verb To have relation to, as bearing upon; to respect; to relate to; to touch; ; -- often used impersonally.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English regarden, from Old French regarder, to look at : re-, re- + guarder, to guard, look at (of Germanic origin; see guard).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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