American English

Definition of regard verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regard
    he / she / it regards
    past simple regarded
    -ing form regarding
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  1. 1to think about someone or 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.
  2. 2regard somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) (formal) to look at someone or something, especially in a particular way synonym contemplate He regarded us suspiciously.
  3. Thesaurusregardcall find consider see viewThese words all mean to think about someone or something in a particular way.regard to think of someone or something in a particular way:He seemed to regard the whole thing as a to say that someone or 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 his story hard to believe.consider to think of someone or something in a particular way:Whom 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 somethingorregard 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 someone or 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 perspective to find/consider somebody/something to be something generally/usually/often regarded/considered/seen/viewed as something to regard/consider/view somebody/something favorably/unfavorablyIdioms
    as regards somebody/something (formal)
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    concerning or in connection with someone or something I have little information as regards her fitness for the post. As regards the first point in your letter…
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