Definitions for retrospectˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ret•ro•spectˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt(n.)

  1. contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.

  2. (v.i.)to look back in thought; refer back (often fol. by to).

  3. (v.t.)to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.

Idioms for retrospect:

  1. in retrospect,on evaluating the past; upon reflection.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of retrospect:

1595–1605; prob. retro - + (pro )spect

Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospect(verb)

    contemplation of things past

    "in retrospect"

  2. review, look back, retrospect(verb)

    look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember

    "she reviewed her achievements with pride"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. retrospect(noun)ˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt

    when you reconsider sth that happened before

    In retrospect, we should have spent more time on research.


  1. retrospect(Noun)

    consideration of past times

  2. retrospect(Verb)

    To look or refer back to; to reflect on

  3. Origin: retrospectum, from retrospicio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospect(verb)

    to look backward; hence, to affect or concern what is past

  2. Retrospect(noun)

    a looking back on things past; view or contemplation of the past

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