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spectate

[spek-teyt]
verb (used without object), spec·tat·ed, spec·tat·ing.
  1. to participate as a spectator, as at a horse race.
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Origin of spectate

First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from spectator
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British Dictionary definitions for spectating

spectate

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