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 Some to protest, some to spectate and some simply to attend Mass and return to their cars. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Ideologies clash at Carmel church amid protests over statements made by suspended pastor," 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, "My Quarantine: Cozy Mysteries," 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, "The New Training Facilities: Backyard Gym, Hallway Track," 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, "Super Cushioned Running Shoes Are All the Rage, but Aren’t Foolproof," 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, "‘In the end it’s entertainment’: With traditional sports on hiatus due to coronavirus, esports is primed to fill the void," 20 Mar. 2020 Losing means spectating your living teammates and bugging them to gather together enough funds to buy back your life or, for the impatient, dropping out of the game and requeueing. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Call of Duty's Warzone Hits the Battle Royale Sweet Spot," 11 Mar. 2020 The Golf Club of Houston is a tremendous course and has worked hard to consistently deliver a top-notch playing and spectating experience for everyone involved. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "The PGA Tour’s Houston Open’s run at Humble’s Golf Club of Houston comes to an end," 16 Oct. 2019 Any other players that are expected to have a role this season were spectating on the sideline by the end of the third quarter. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Which young guys were impressive in Ohio State football’s win over Miami (OH)?," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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17 Jul 2020

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“Spectate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spectate

: to watch something (such as a sports event)

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