retrospect

noun
ret·​ro·​spect | \ ˈre-trə-ˌspekt How to pronounce retrospect (audio) \

Definition of retrospect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a review of or meditation on past events
2 archaic : reference to or regard of a precedent or authority
in retrospect
: in considering the past or a past event

retrospect

adjective

Definition of retrospect (Entry 2 of 3)

retrospect

verb
retrospected; retrospecting; retrospects

Definition of retrospect (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in retrospection
2 : to refer back : reflect

transitive verb

: to go back over in thought

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Examples of retrospect in a Sentence

Noun in retrospect, we should have saved more money for college
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oddly enough for those of us who started down our career paths early, the raw talent was readily apparent, even in retrospect. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard recorded his first songs nearly 50 years ago ... and he’s only 53," 25 Nov. 2019 The Bengals made the playoffs in Lewis’ 3rd season, a feat that in retrospect looks miraculous. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 25 Nov. 2019 The police met the water’s rising tide with what in retrospect seems like tolerance. The Economist, "Hong Kong stares into the abyss amid growing violence," 21 Nov. 2019 In retrospect, Rosen has bust written all over him. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Would Broncos be better off with Bradley Chubb or Josh Allen on their team? That’s an easy answer.," 20 Nov. 2019 In retrospect, Washington probably was overvalued coming into the season in view of the number of key players who had moved on. oregonlive, "The OSU Beavers look to climb above .500 by beating Washington tonight: Issues & Answers," 8 Nov. 2019 In retrospect, Renault-Nissan might have been better off with Tavares at the helm. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "PSA merger makes Fiat Chrysler a big fish in an even bigger pond," 1 Nov. 2019 In retrospect, Triplett, now 27 and living in Atlanta, vaguely remembers hearing something about her grandmother having had another sister. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'I longed to meet my biological family': How a DNA test and fate reunited siblings," 29 Oct. 2019 In retrospect, a Wisconsin cornfield in mid-September 2018 wasn’t exactly the best place for an academic seminar. Tracy Staedter, Discover Magazine, "The World Has a Fertilizer Problem. Bioengineered Corn Could Save Us," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pressure to raise money for research, the allure of unrestricted donations for novel ideas and the aura of star scholars may have contributed to decisions that in retrospect look tawdry. Washington Post, "Jeffrey Epstein, the academy and questions about male dominance in science," 17 Sep. 2019 In retrospect people hate Darvish, but at the time of the trade most Dodger fans were ecstatic. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: They did realize the trade deadline was yesterday, right?," 1 Aug. 2019 Her political commentaries, though no doubt engrossing at their time of publication, seem in retrospect rather ragged and dog-eared, like the moldering magazines one finds in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'See What Can Be Done' is a testament to the breadth of Lorrie Moore’s intellect," 2 Apr. 2018 In retrospect people hate Darvish, but at the time of the trade most Dodger fans were ecstatic. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: They did realize the trade deadline was yesterday, right?," 1 Aug. 2019 Her political commentaries, though no doubt engrossing at their time of publication, seem in retrospect rather ragged and dog-eared, like the moldering magazines one finds in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'See What Can Be Done' is a testament to the breadth of Lorrie Moore’s intellect," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of retrospect

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1701, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1659, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for retrospect

Noun

probably from retro- + prospect

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The first known use of retrospect was in 1601

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29 Nov 2019

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“Retrospect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retrospect. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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retrospect

noun
ret·​ro·​spect | \ ˈre-trə-ˌspekt How to pronounce retrospect (audio) \

Kids Definition of retrospect

: a looking back on things past In retrospect, I made the right decision.

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