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

Examples of retrospect in a Sentence

Noun in retrospect, we should have saved more money for college
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In retrospect, the problem with January 6, as described by Republicans both then and now, was one of optics. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 In retrospect, Baker’s journey to the comedy world seems inevitable. Lloyd Grove, Rolling Stone, 30 Dec. 2021 However, in retrospect, not being able to initiate these ideas taught me great lessons about initiatives. Adam Rudman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Through the 1960s and 1970s long-term Treasury yields were, in retrospect, too low. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 In retrospect, bullet time seems like the crossover point, the bridge between the human and the not human, the real and the synthesized. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 Everything here is connected and the story flows and flows, achieving a breathless momentum that reveals its intricate design only in retrospect. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 In retrospect, the notion of Edwins can be traced to a fall day in 1997 in Chrostowski’s hometown of Detroit. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Noteworthy moments in distance running exist only in retrospect. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 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, 17 Sep. 2019 In retrospect people hate Darvish, but at the time of the trade most Dodger fans were ecstatic. Los Angeles Times, 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, 2 Apr. 2018 In retrospect people hate Darvish, but at the time of the trade most Dodger fans were ecstatic. Los Angeles Times, 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, 2 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In retrospect the unfolding of Watergate in the press and the courts and Congress is our American Oresteia. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021

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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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“Retrospect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retrospect. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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