retrospect

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈrɛtrəspɛkt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈrɛtrəˌspɛkt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(retrə spekt′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ret•ro•spect /ˈrɛtrəˌspɛkt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. thinking of the past, of past events, etc.

v. [no object]
  1. to look back in thought.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsin retrospect, on evaluating the past;
    upon reflection:knew in retrospect that he should have married her.

ret•ro•spec•tion, n. [uncountable]See -spec-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ret•ro•spect  (retrə spekt′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. contemplation of the past;
    a survey of past time, events, etc.
  2. in retrospect, in looking back on past events;
    upon reflection:It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.

v.i. 
  1. to look back in thought;
    refer back (often fol. by to):to retrospect to a period in one's youth.

v.t. 
  1. to look back upon;
    contemplate retrospectively.
  • probably retro- + (pro)spect 1595–1605

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
retrospect /ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt/ n
  1. the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look
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