spec·​tate | \ ˈspek-ˌtāt How to pronounce spectate (audio) \
spectated; spectating

Definition of spectate

intransitive verb

: to be present as a spectator (as at a sports event)

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After a long day of spectating or playing, tourists visited museums like The Henry Ford, walked along the riverfront, took pictures and patronized local staples like the Punch Bowl Social . Aja Gaines And Taylor Gribble, Detroit Free Press, "USA Volleyball invades Detroit: Stories from girls junior tournament," 4 July 2018 Manufacturers and aftermarket specialists will showcase their latest innovations and technology; auto enthusiasts can admire a rainbow of muscle cars, classic coups and retro rigs; and yes, there’ll be drag-racing. Noon-8 p.m. Free to spectate. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 15-21," 14 June 2018 Furthermore, the team invited an all-male contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders to spectate. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Report: Redskins Cheerleaders Felt Team Was 'Pimping' Them Out On 2013 Costa Rica Trip," 2 May 2018 For those that didn't run, spectating along the Pig route is almost as much of a sport. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Record Flying Pig weekend capped by memorable full-marathon wins," 6 May 2018 Grab some barbacoa tacos or a chorizo salad from Tito's, then hurry back to the grandstands to resume spectating. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "Wellington, Florida Travel Guide: How to Enjoy the Winter Equestrian Festival—and More!," 13 Mar. 2017 Time travel is a classic trope in science fiction, posing questions about fixing the past, paradoxes, or simply spectating in a time long before your own. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a time-travel adventure full to the brim with ideas," 24 Mar. 2018 Vikander wasn’t the only celebrity to enthusiastically spectate from outside PyeongChang. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Alicia Vikander Calls Curling a 'Sexy Sport' But Says She was 'Bambi on Ice' When She Tried It," 27 Feb. 2018 The crowd that gathered to spectate the flock of us pedaling in our sports bras didn’t help my body anxiety either. Amber Brenza, SELF, "I Worked Out in Public in Just a Sports Bra and Leggings—and I Never Want to Do It Again," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of spectate

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spectate

back-formation from spectator

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English Language Learners Definition of spectate

: to watch something (such as a sports event)

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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