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Definition of regard verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    regard

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡɑːrd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regard
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡɑːrd//
     
    he / she / it regards
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡɑːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡɑːrdz//
     
    past simple regarded
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡɑːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡɑːrdɪd//
     
    past participle regarded
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡɑːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡɑːrdɪd//
     
    -ing form regarding
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to think about somebody/something in a particular way regard somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) Her work is very highly regarded. regard somebody/something/yourself as something Capital punishment was regarded as inhuman and immoral. He regards himself as a patriot. She is widely regarded as the current leader's natural successor. Synonymsregardcall find consider see viewThese words all mean to think about somebody/​something in a particular way.regard to think of somebody/​something in a particular way:He seemed to regard the whole thing as a joke.call to say that somebody/​something has particular qualities or characteristics:I wouldn’t call German an easy language.find to have a particular feeling or opinion about something:You may find your illness hard to accept.consider to think of somebody/​something in a particular way:Who do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?regard or consider?These two words have the same meaning, but they are used in different patterns and structures. In this meaning consider must be used with a complement or clause: you can consider somebody/​something to be something or consider somebody/​something as something, although very often the to be or as is left out:He considers himself an expert. They are considered a high-risk group. You can also consider that somebody/​something is something and again, the that can be left out. Regard is used in a narrower range of structures. The most frequent structure is regard somebody/​something as something; the as cannot be left out:I regard him a close friend. You cannotregard somebody/​something to be something orregard that somebody/​something is something. However, regard (but not consider in this meaning) can also be used without a noun or adjective complement but with just an object and adverb (somebody/​something is highly regarded) or adverbial phrase (regard somebody/​something with suspicion/​jealousy/​admiration).see to have an opinion of something:Try to see things from her point of view.view to think of somebody/​something in a particular way:How do you view your position within the company? View has the same meaning as regard and consider but is slightly less frequent and slightly less formal. The main structures are view somebody/​something as somebody/​something (you cannot leave out the as) and view somebody/​something with something.Patterns to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something as something to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something from a particular point of view to find/​consider somebody/​something to be something generally/​usually regarded/​considered/​seen/​viewed as something to regard/​consider/​view somebody/​something favourably/​unfavourably
  2. 2  regard somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) (formal) to look at somebody/something, especially in a particular way synonym contemplate He regarded us suspiciously.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French regarder ‘to watch’, from re- ‘back’ (also expressing intensive force) + garder ‘to guard’.Extra examples Civil contempt is not properly regarded as a criminal offence. Foxes were traditionally regarded as vermin. He seemed to regard the whole thing as a joke. His eyes continued to regard her steadily. I had come to regard him as a close friend. It would be a mistake to regard the incident as unimportant. Many of her works are regarded as classics. She regarded the mess with distaste. She was highly regarded as a sculptor. The crash could be reasonably regarded as an opportunity to invest. The project was widely regarded as a success. The successful are often tempted to regard their success as a kind of reward. They regarded people outside their own town with suspicion. They tend to regard the open expression of emotion as being soft and feminine. an agency long regarded as ineffectual Her work is very highly/​well regarded. She is widely regarded as the current leader’s natural successor.Idioms
    as regards somebody/something
     
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     (formal) concerning or in connection with somebody/something I have little information as regards her fitness for the post. As regards the first point in your letter…
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