To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit. To relate or refer to; concern. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation. Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision. Usage Problem Relation; reference. See Usage Note at regard.