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Regard, -gaird, v. Also: -garde, -guard; -gar. [Late ME and e.m.E. regard (Lydgate), -garde, F. regarder, -guarder (OF also rewarder Reward v.), f. garder Gard v.]Freq. in negative or quasi-negative contexts.

1. tr. To take notice of; to take or show an interest in; to pay heed to.Overlapping with, and perh. passing into, 2 below. c1520-c1535 Nisbet I 8.
Christ prechis at hame and is not regardit
Ib. II 22 marg.
Quha sa euer regardis sic [sc. dreams], … followis efter the wynd
1560 Rolland Seven S. 342.
For giftis of golde, nor geir I not regaird
a1568 Scott Bann. MS 287a/25.
Thow flemis all faythfull men thé fro … Regarding non bot thame ago That curis thé nocht
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i 618.
Gods holy wourd … with ȝow it is nothing regardit
a1578 Pitsc. I 28/7.
He regardit na man rewlling all thingis at his pleasour but ony adwyce
c1590 Fowler I 29/80.
At that tyme I did not his words regaird
1596 Dalr. I 94/23.
Albeit thay regairdet nocht mekle … daintie dishis … thay fand out a new … maner of kuiking
1611-57 Mure Psalmes xxxi 6.
Such have I hated as vaine lyes Regaird
a1665 Sel. Biog. II 70.
Little remembered they that the devil was troubling her daughter, or regarded her fra they were heal … themselves
1668-9 Fraser Lawfulness Separ. 68.
God will not hear prayers when iniquities are regarded in the heart
1549 Compl. 83/4.
Nocht regardand gyue the vil of God hes permittit … that sic propheseis cum till affect

2. To take into account in regulating conduct, making a decision, etc.(1) 1531 Bell. Boece I 127.
Suetonius ceissit not to exhort his army to battal; … he requirit thaim to regard nocht the vane minassing of barbour pepill
1550 Balcarres P. 311.
The naturelle affectioun of the cuntre and certane … commodites quhilk I am bund to regard for the weill of my house … movis me to write agane
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5919.
The princely pomp, nor apparell, Off pope, byschope, nor cardinall … That day sall nocht regardit be
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3447.
Not regarding sin schame nor honestie, Bot on hir lufe lyand in harlatrie
1568 Waus Corr. 58.
Sik as regardis lytill the eftircum of it
a1599 Rollock Wks. I 305.
Men regardis mekill situatioun in buylding
1651 Laing MSS I 259.
Ordours to the … regiments to march, but they reguard them not
(b) a1578 Pitsc. I 37/11.
Gif we … dissent amang our selffis, regairding our awin prevat wining mair nor the weillfair of the realme
Ib. 109/25.
I regaird nocht my awin personage na maner of way, thair foir it is content to wnderly quhat paine thy maiestie pleissis
1578 Reg. Privy C. III 35.
Be ressoun he is a greit man, regairding na thing the ordinar forme of justice
1578–9 Ib. 84.
He … had tane the samin [lands] in few … nathing regairding the kyndlie takis of my foirbearis
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. 169/20.
Out of thair court then man ȝe gang Not regairding ȝour auld kyndnes
1596 Dalr. II 96/19.
The Inglismen, not regairding the Papes authoritie, … invades Leyth schore
(2) 1596 Dalr. I 3/1.
Quhat vthiris lait writeris speik of this name [sc. Britain] … I, haldeng me content with the opinione of ancient antiquitie, regarde nocht

3. To respect (a person); to have respect or esteem for. 1529 Lynd. Complaynt 19.
Seand that I am nocht regardit, Nor with my brether in Courte rewardit
1540 Id. Sat. 1801.
For thow salbe regairdit And for thy scheruice weill rewairdit
c1568 Lauder Minor P. iv 8.
And thow layk substance of thy awin … Thow will be lytill regardit

b. ? To pay; ? to make adequate (financial) return to. — a1570-86 Maitl. F. 438/23.
The craftismen ar nocht regardit The prentes boyis ar nocht rewairdit The stableris gattis na stabil fies

c. To look on (with a certain feeling, as fear). — 1611-57 Mure Early Misc. P. xiv 17.
That hyer powares be with feir regairdit

4. Rendering L. spectāre, of the sea: To face; to lie in the direction of. 1533 Boece 119b.
Changeing purpois he … syne to the sey regarding Ireland [L. Ad mare quod Hibernia insulam spectat] convoyit his armye

5. intr. Only in negative constructions. a. To be concerned; to care. b. To pay attention to (something); to take account of. c. To take heed or care (to do something).a. 1531 Bell. Boece I cv.
Schaw now quhat princis … with thair blud our liberteis hes coft Regarding nocht to de amang thair fois
a1651 Calderwood III 559.
It was givin to his optioun whether he would be content to be hanged or headed. He regared not, but was content of heading
b. 1549 Compl. 162/33.
Bot he regardit nocht tyl ony greis of consanguinite
c. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 33.
Thai regardit nocht to ken God

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