retrospect


retrospect

noun

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

noun

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

verb archaic

  1. to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
  2. (intr often foll by to) to refer
n.

c.1600, “a regard or reference” (to something), from Latin retrospectum, past participle of retrospicere “look back,” from retro- “back” (see retro-) + specere “look at” (see scope (n.1)). Meaning “survey of past events” is from 1660s.

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