verb (used with object)
to look upon or think of with a particular feeling: to regard a person with favor.
to have or show respect or concern for.
to think highly of; esteem.
to take into account; consider.
to look at; observe: She regarded him with amusement.
to relate to; concern: The news does not regard the explosion.
to see, look at, or conceive of in a particular way; judge (usually followed by as ): I regard every assignment as a challenge. They regarded his behavior as childish.
verb (used without object)
to pay attention.
to look or gaze.
reference; relation: to err with regard to facts.
an aspect, point, or particular: quite satisfactory in this regard.
thought; attention; concern.
look; gaze.
respect, esteem, or deference: a high regard for scholarship.
kindly feeling; liking.
regards, sentiments of esteem or affection: Give them my regards.
as regards. as1 ( def 29 ).
with/in regard to, referring to; concerning: With regard to the new contract, we have some questions.

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, noun derivative of regarder to look at (cf. reward); (v.) late Middle English < Middle French regarder. See re-, guard

unregarded, adjective
unregardedly, adverb
well-regarded, adjective

3. respect, honor, revere, value. 5. notice, note, see, remark, mark.

Although sometimes considered poor substitutes for about or concerning, the phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all varieties of spoken and written English, especially in business writing: As regards your letter of January 19. … In regards to, and with regards to are widely rejected as errors. Unabridged
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regard (rɪˈɡɑːd)
1.  to look closely or attentively at (something or someone); observe steadily
2.  (tr) to hold (a person or thing) in respect, admiration, or affection: we regard your work very highly
3.  (tr) to look upon or consider in a specified way: she regarded her brother as her responsibility
4.  (tr) to relate to; concern; have a bearing on
5.  to take notice of or pay attention to (something); heed: he has never regarded the conventions
6.  (preposition) as regards in respect of; concerning
7.  a gaze; look
8.  attention; heed: he spends without regard to his bank balance
9.  esteem, affection, or respect
10.  reference, relation, or connection (esp in the phrases with regard toorin regard to)
11.  (plural) good wishes or greetings (esp in the phrase with kind regards, used at the close of a letter)
12.  in this regard on this point
[C14: from Old French regarder to look at, care about, from re- + garder to guard]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. regard, from regarder "take notice of," from re-, intensive prefix + garder "look, heed" (see guard). Meanings "consideration, appearance, kindly feeling" all recorded late 14c. The verb is first attested early 15c., from M.Fr. regarder.
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Idioms & Phrases

in regard to

Also, as regards; in or with reference to; with regard to; in or with respect to. Concerning, about. For example, In regard to your letter, forget it, or As regards your subscription, I'm not sure why it was canceled, or In reference to your inquiry, we'll have to pass it on to the board, or We have a few questions with regard to your recent offer, or With respect to your latest request, we'll be happy to oblige. The word reference has been used in this idiom since the late 1500s, regard from the second half of the 1400s, and respect from the first half of the 1500s. Also see relative to.

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It's time to answer the really big question on everybody's minds, in regard to
  the technology industry.
They were lightweight and did the job, though the vote was unanimous in regard
  to taste.
But the fundamental fact in regard to this new society was its relation to land.
But experts cite grounds for optimism, especially in regard to improvements in
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