spectate

[spek-teyt]

verb (used without object), spec·tat·ed, spec·tat·ing.

to participate as a spectator, as at a horse race.

Nearby words

  1. spectacle,
  2. spectacled,
  3. spectacled cobra,
  4. spectacles,
  5. spectacular,
  6. spectator,
  7. spectator pump,
  8. spectator sport,
  9. spectator, the,
  10. spectatorial

Origin of spectate

First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from spectator

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British Dictionary definitions for spectating

spectate

verb

(intr) to be a spectator, esp at a sporting event; watch

Word Origin for spectate

C20: back formation from spectator

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Word Origin and History for spectating

spectate

v.

1929, back-formation from spectator. Related: Spectated; spectating.

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