Open main menu

Wiktionary β



Alternative formsEdit


Etymology 1Edit

From Anglo-Norman regard, reguard, 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, guardian, and so on.


regard (countable and uncountable, plural regards)

  1. (countable) 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.
  4. (uncountable) The worth or estimation in which something or someone is held.
    He is held in great regard in Whitehall.
Derived termsEdit



Etymology 2Edit

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


regard (third-person singular simple present regards, present participle regarding, simple past and past participle regarded)

  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.
    • Shakespeare
      Your niece regards me with an eye of favour.
    • Macaulay
      His associates seem to have regarded him with kindness.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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.]
    • Shakespeare
      If much you note him, / You offend him; [] feed, and regard him not.
  5. (transitive) To face toward.
    • Sandys
      It is a peninsula, which regardeth the main land.
    • John Evelyn
      that 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, page 809:
      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.
Derived termsEdit
  • (to look at): For semantic relationships of this sense, see look in the Thesaurus.
  • (to consider): For semantic relationships of this sense, see deem in the Thesaurus.
  • (to take notice of): For semantic relationships of this sense, see pay attention in the Thesaurus.





From Middle French, from Old French regard, from reguarder.



regard m (plural regards)

  1. look, glance
    un regard en coin
    a side glance
  2. (uncountable) sight, gaze, eyes
    Ne t'éloigne pas de mon regard.
    Don't go far out of my sight.
    • 1885, Loreau, Heriette (trans.), L’Ami commun (Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens), Part IV, chapter 10:
      [S]on regard s’arrêta fixe et morne, sans plus rien exprimer.
      His eyes stood still, and settled into that former intent unmeaning stare.
  3. manhole

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit


regard m (oblique plural regarz or regartz, nominative singular regarz or regartz, nominative plural regard)

  1. look; observance; watching (act, instance of looking at)
  2. payment
    des fees, gages & rewardes des officers & ministres
    the fees, wages and payments of the officers and the ministers
  3. reward
    les boeaus serrount broillez e donez as chiens e pain avoeke, e ceo est apelé reward
    the guts will be cooked and given to the dogs with some bread, and this is called a reward