Verb > Regard

[+ object]

1 : to think of (someone or something) in a particular way

He is highly regarded by his coworkers. [=his coworkers have a very high opinion of him]

— often + as

She regards him as a friend. [=she considers him a friend]

He regards himself as an expert.

The book is widely regarded as his best. [=many people think the book is the best that he has ever written]

2 formal : to look at (someone or something)

The police officer regarded the group of teenagers with suspicion.