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)

Examples of spectate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no participation fee and only families of players will be permitted to spectate games while following face mask and social distancing requirements. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 16 Mar. 2021 The temptation is to just pull over and spectate, for such occasions are rare. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 9 Dec. 2020 Crowds may not be allowed to spectate if COVID numbers are trending up; hockey officials will make the call two weeks before the tournament is scheduled to begin. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 Some to protest, some to spectate and some simply to attend Mass and return to their cars. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 6 July 2020 There is room in my life for spectating masterpieces, and there is also room for consuming mindless entertainments, which require not just a different level of engagement but a different flavor of it entirely. Sarah Manguso, The New York Review of Books, 31 May 2020 In Brazil, the Olympic shot putter Darlan Romani lifted weights outside his garage while his daughter spectated. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, 23 May 2020 Christopher Pike/Reuters Anyone who runs or spectates at races has probably noticed that stacked, generously cushioned running shoes have become almost ubiquitous. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2020 Professional gamers can still compete remotely and maintain the highest level of gameplay -- plus, fans can still spectate and without charge. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of spectate was in 1858

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“Spectate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectate. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spectate

: to watch something (such as a sports event)


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