regard

regard
\ \ [14] The notions of ‘looking at something, keeping it in sight’ and ‘guarding it’ are closely linked, and often coexist in single words. Watch is an example, and so was Old French garder, ancestor of English guard.
\ \ Addition of the prefix re- ‘back’ produced regarderlook back at, keep one’s eyes on’, hence simply ‘look at’. The Anglo-Norman version of the word gave English reward.
\ \ Cf.GUARD, REWARD, WARD

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  • regard — [ r(ə)gar ] n. m. • regart 980; de regarder 1 ♦ Action, manière de diriger les yeux vers un objet, afin de le voir; expression des yeux de la personne qui regarde. Le regard humain. « Les voleurs, les espions, les amants, les diplomates, enfin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • regard — Regard. s. m. Action de la veuë, action par laquelle on regarde. Regard fixe. regard languissant. regard amoureux. doux regard. regard favorable. il a le regard fier, le regard vif. regard rude, terrible, affreux, farouche, regard perçant. il luy …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Regard — Re*gard , n. [F. regard See {Regard}, v. t.] 1. A look; aspect directed to another; view; gaze. [1913 Webster] But her, with stern regard, he thus repelled. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Attention of the mind with a feeling of interest; observation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regard — Regard, ou regardure, Aspectus, Conspectus, Despectus, Prospectus, Respectus, Contuitus, Intuitus, Spectatio, Visio. Regard {{o=Regarder}} qu on fait de tous costez, Circunspectus. Un regard plus agu et ardant, Aspectus vegetior. Un ferme regard …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • regard — n Regard, respect, esteem, admiration, and their corresponding verbs (regard, respect, esteem, admire) are comparable when they mean a feeling, or to have a feeling, for someone or something which involves recognition of that person s or thing s… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • regard — [ri gärd′] n. [ME < OFr < regarder: see RE & GUARD] 1. a firm, fixed look; gaze 2. consideration; attention; concern [to have some regard for one s safety] 3. respect and affection; esteem [to have high regard for one s teachers] …   English World dictionary

  • regard — 1. Regard is used in a number of complex prepositions, as regards, in regard to, with regard to, as well as the form regarding; all have more or less the same meaning, although the first three are more common at the beginning of sentences. 2. In… …   Modern English usage

  • Regard — Re*gard (r?*g?rd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Regarding}.] [F. regarder; pref. re re + garder to guard, heed, keep. See {Guard}, and cf. {Reward}.] 1. To keep in view; to behold; to look at; to view; to gaze upon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regard — [n1] attention, look care, carefulness, cognizance, concern, consciousness, curiosity, gaze, glance, heed, interest, interestedness, mark, mind, note, notice, observance, observation, once over*, remark, scrutiny, stare, view; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • regard — ► VERB 1) think of in a particular way. 2) gaze at in a specified fashion. 3) archaic pay attention to. ► NOUN 1) heed or concern: she rescued him without regard for herself. 2) high opinion; esteem. 3) a steady …   English terms dictionary

  • regard — I (attention) noun advertence, advertency, alertness, application, attentiveness, care, concentration, concern, consideration, examination, heed, needfulness, intentness, interest, mindfulness, notice, observation, scrutiny, vigilance, watch,… …   Law dictionary

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