Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
  • transitive v. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
  • transitive v. To relate or refer to; concern.
  • n. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard.
  • n. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
  • n. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
  • n. Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects.
  • n. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
  • n. Usage Problem Relation; reference. See Usage Note at regard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an attitude of consideration or high regard
  • n. good opinion, honor, or admiration
  • n. Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
  • n. a particular aspect of something
  • v. to have respect for.
  • v. to have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right
  • v. to abide by an agreement.
  • v. To relate to; to be concerned with.
  • interj. hello, hi

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.
  • transitive v. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor.
  • transitive v. To look toward; to front upon or toward.
  • transitive v. To regard; to consider; to deem.
  • transitive v. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to.
  • n. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.
  • n. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.
  • n. An expression of respect of deference; regards.
  • n. Reputation; repute.
  • n. Relation; reference; regard.
  • n. Particular; point regarded; point of view
  • n. Consideration; motive; interest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To look toward; front upon or in the direction of.
  • To postpone; respite.
  • To notice with especial attention; regard as worthy of particular notice; regard; heed; consider; care for; have regard to in design or purpose.
  • To have reference or regard to; relate to.
  • To hold in esteem, regard, or consideration; regard with some degree of reverence: as, to respect womanhood; hence, to refrain from interference with: as, to respect one's privacy.
  • Synonyms To honor, revere, venerate. See esteem, n.
  • n. The act of looking at or regarding, or noticing with attention; regard; attention.
  • n. Deliberation; reflection; consideration.
  • n. Circumspect behavior or deportment; decency.
  • n. The feeling of esteem, regard, or consideration excited by the contemplation of personal worth, dignity, or power; also, a similar feeling excited by corresponding attributes in things.
  • n. Courteous or considerate treatment; that which is due, as to personal worth or power.
  • n. plural Expression or sign of esteem, deference, of compliment: as, to pay one's respects to the governor; please give him my respects.
  • n. Good will; favor.
  • n. Partial regard; undue bias; discrimination for or against some one.
  • n. Reputation; repute.
  • n. Consideration; motive.
  • n. Point or particular; matter; feature; point of view.
  • n. Relation; regard; reference: used especially in the phrase in or with respect to (or of).
  • n. In consideration of.
  • n. In point of; in regard to.
  • n. Synonyms Estimate, Estimation, etc. See esteem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. regard highly; think much of
  • v. show respect towards
  • n. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  • n. an attitude of admiration or esteem
  • n. a feeling of friendship and esteem
  • n. (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
  • n. behavior intended to please your parents
  • n. the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
  • n. courteous regard for people's feelings

Etymologies

From Middle English, regard, from Old French, from Latin respectus, from past participle of respicere, to look back at, regard : re-, re- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin respectus ("respect, regard"), perfect passive participle of respiciō ("look at, look back upon, respect"), from re- ("back") + speciō ("look at"). (Wiktionary)

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