[ re-truh-spekt ]
/ ˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt /
contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.
verb (used without object)
to look back in thought; refer back (often followed by to): to retrospect to a period in one's youth.
verb (used with object)
to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.
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Idioms for retrospect
in retrospect, in looking back on past events; upon reflection: It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.
Words nearby retrospect
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British Dictionary definitions for retrospecting
/ (ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt) /
the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
(intr often foll by to) to refer
Word Origin for retrospect
C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look
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