[ re-truh-spekt ]
See synonyms for: retrospectretrospectedretrospecting on

  1. contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.

verb (used without object)
  1. to look back in thought; refer back (often followed by to): to retrospect to a period in one's youth.

verb (used with object)
  1. to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.

Idioms about retrospect

  1. in retrospect, in looking back on past events; upon reflection: It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.

Origin of retrospect

1595–1605; probably retro- + (pro)spect

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How to use retrospect in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for retrospect


/ (ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt) /

  1. the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)

  1. to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)

  2. (intr often foll by to) to refer

Origin of retrospect

C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look

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