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retrospect

[re-truh-spekt] /ˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt/
noun
1.
contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.
verb (used without object)
2.
to look back in thought; refer back (often followed by to):
to retrospect to a period in one's youth.
verb (used with object)
3.
to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.
Idioms
4.
in retrospect, in looking back on past events; upon reflection:
It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; probably retro- + (pro)spect
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retrospect

/ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt/
noun
1.
the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
verb (archaic)
2.
to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
3.
(intransitive) often foll by to. to refer
Word Origin
C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look
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retrospect

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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