To regard something or someone is to have an opinion or a thought. It’s similar to the word "consider."

  • Most people regard his work as superior to that of other artists.
  • The police regard the two men as suspects in a burglary.
  • Matthew regards his employees as part of his family.
  • Some people in Iran regard the United States as an enemy or "the Great Satan." (But not everyone!)
  • The president of the company regarded the report with a great deal of skepticism. (He was critical or suspicious of the information.)


Sometimes the word "regard" is similar to the word "about."

  • May I ask what your call is regarding? (What are you calling about?)
  • I have some questions regarding my bill.
  • The man has concerns with regards to the charges on his statement.
  • May I ask what this call is in regards to? (This question is asked when someone calls your house and asks to speak with one person in particular.)

In these sentences, the word "regard" is a noun:

  • I have a low regard for that company.
  • I’m sorry, I can’t make it to the party. Tell them I send my regards.
  • Almost everyone has a high regard for Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Without any regard for his own life, the man saved the children from drowning in the lake.

At the end of a letter or email, the word "regard" is often used as a way of signing off. "Regards" and "Best regards" are very popular and show respect towards the person receiving the communication:

……….blah blah, blah blah blah blah.

Best regards,

Paul Lawrence

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July 15, 2014 – Word of the Day