Learn what the dictionary tells you about words.

Get Started Now!

Some compound words (like bus rapid transit, dog whistle, or identity theft) don’t appear on the drop-down list when you enter them into the search window. If a compound term doesn’t appear in the drop-down list, try entering the term into the search window and then hit the search button (instead of the “enter” key). Alternatively, begin searches for compound terms with a quotation mark.



The Usage Panel is a group of nearly 200 prominent scholars, creative writers, journalists, diplomats, and others in occupations requiring mastery of language. The Panelists are surveyed annually to gauge the acceptability of particular usages and grammatical constructions.

The Panelists



Go to our Crossword Puzzle Solver and type in the letters that you know, and the Solver will produce a list of possible solutions.



The new American Heritage Dictionary app is now available for iOS and Android.



Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:

Indo-European Roots

Semitic Roots

The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.


See word lists from the best-selling 100 Words Series!

Find out more!



Check out the Dictionary Society of North America at

re·gard (rĭ-gärd)
v. re·gard·ed, re·gard·ing, re·gards
1. To think of or consider in a particular way: I regard him as a fool.
2. To look at attentively; observe closely: "He regarded the delicate lines of her profile" (Thomas Hardy).
3. To relate or refer to; concern: This item regards their liability.
4. Archaic To take into account; consider.
1. To give heed; pay attention.
2. To look or gaze.
1. Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
a. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has little regard for your work.
b. regards Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
3. A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
4. A look or gaze: "Such quick regards his sparkling eyes bestow" (Alexander Pope).
5. Obsolete Appearance or aspect.
as regards
In reference or relation to; with respect to.
in/with regard to
In reference or relation to; with respect to.
in/with regards to
In reference or relation to; with respect to.

[Middle English regarden, from Old French regarder, to look at : re-, re- + guarder, to guard, look at (of Germanic origin; see GUARD).]

Synonyms: regard, esteem, admiration, respect
These nouns refer to a feeling based on perception of and approval for the worth of a person or thing. Regard is the most general: "I once thought you had a kind of regard for her" (George Borrow).
Esteem connotes considered appraisal and positive regard: "The near-unanimity of esteem he enjoyed during his lifetime has by no means been sustained since" (Will Crutchfield).
Admiration is a feeling of keen approbation: "Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration" (Matthew Arnold).
Respect implies appreciative, often deferential regard resulting from careful assessment: The well-behaved children showed great respect for their teacher. See Also Synonyms at consider.

Usage Note: Regard is traditionally used in the singular in the phrase in regard (not in regards) to. In our 2004 survey, barely six percent of the Usage Panel accepted the phrase in regards to. Slightly more than half the Panel found the syntactically peculiar as regards acceptable in the sentence These surveys show a high level of satisfaction with government policy among the elderly in the Scandinavian countries, especially as regards the medical services provided by the state. Sixty-seven percent accepted in regard to in the same sentence. The phrase with respect to is also standard in this use. Many Panelists said that they would prefer regarding over the other prepositions in these situations. The similar prepositional use of respecting is controversial. In our 2009 survey, 55 percent rejected the example You must follow all regulations respecting the use of the park. This usage has a somewhat old-fashioned ring to it and probably should be avoided.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

This website is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. Some characters in pronunciations and etymologies cannot be displayed properly in Internet Explorer.