retrospect


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ret·ro·spect

 (rĕt′rə-spĕkt′)
n.
A review or contemplation of things in the past: "He pursed his lips in the exercise of a retrospect across the years" (Flann O'Brien).
v. ret·ro·spect·ed, ret·ro·spect·ing, ret·ro·spects
v.intr.
To think about the past.
v.tr.
To look back on or think about (things past).
Idiom:
in retrospect
In looking back on or reviewing the past.

[From Latin *retrōspectus, past participle of retrōspicere, to look back at : retrō-, retro- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

ret′ro·spec′tion n.

retrospect

(ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt)
n
the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
vb
1. to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
2. (often foll by: to) to refer
[C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look]

ret•ro•spect

(ˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt)

n.
1. contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.
v.i.
2. to look back in thought; refer back (often fol. by to).
v.t.
3. to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.
Idioms:
in retrospect, on evaluating the past; upon reflection.
[1595–1605; probably retro- + (pro) spect]

retrospect


Past participle: retrospected
Gerund: retrospecting

Imperative
retrospect
retrospect
Present
I retrospect
you retrospect
he/she/it retrospects
we retrospect
you retrospect
they retrospect
Preterite
I retrospected
you retrospected
he/she/it retrospected
we retrospected
you retrospected
they retrospected
Present Continuous
I am retrospecting
you are retrospecting
he/she/it is retrospecting
we are retrospecting
you are retrospecting
they are retrospecting
Present Perfect
I have retrospected
you have retrospected
he/she/it has retrospected
we have retrospected
you have retrospected
they have retrospected
Past Continuous
I was retrospecting
you were retrospecting
he/she/it was retrospecting
we were retrospecting
you were retrospecting
they were retrospecting
Past Perfect
I had retrospected
you had retrospected
he/she/it had retrospected
we had retrospected
you had retrospected
they had retrospected
Future
I will retrospect
you will retrospect
he/she/it will retrospect
we will retrospect
you will retrospect
they will retrospect
Future Perfect
I will have retrospected
you will have retrospected
he/she/it will have retrospected
we will have retrospected
you will have retrospected
they will have retrospected
Future Continuous
I will be retrospecting
you will be retrospecting
he/she/it will be retrospecting
we will be retrospecting
you will be retrospecting
they will be retrospecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retrospecting
you have been retrospecting
he/she/it has been retrospecting
we have been retrospecting
you have been retrospecting
they have been retrospecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retrospecting
you will have been retrospecting
he/she/it will have been retrospecting
we will have been retrospecting
you will have been retrospecting
they will have been retrospecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retrospecting
you had been retrospecting
he/she/it had been retrospecting
we had been retrospecting
you had been retrospecting
they had been retrospecting
Conditional
I would retrospect
you would retrospect
he/she/it would retrospect
we would retrospect
you would retrospect
they would retrospect
Past Conditional
I would have retrospected
you would have retrospected
he/she/it would have retrospected
we would have retrospected
you would have retrospected
they would have retrospected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retrospect - contemplation of things pastretrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"
musing, reflection, rumination, thoughtfulness, contemplation, reflexion - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
Verb1.retrospect - look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember; "she reviewed her achievements with pride"
think back, remember - recapture the past; indulge in memories; "he remembered how he used to pick flowers"

retrospect

Translations

retrospect

[ˈretrəʊspekt] Nretrospección f, mirada f retrospectiva
in retrospectretrospectivamente
in retrospect it seems a happy timevolviendo la vista atrás parece haber sido un período feliz

retrospect

[ˈrɛtrəspɛkt] n
in retrospect → rétrospectivement, après coup

retrospect

n in retrospect, what would you have done differently?was hätten Sie rückblickend or im Rückblick anders gemacht?; everything looks different in retrospectim Nachhinein or im Rückblick sieht alles anders aus

retrospect

[ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt] n in retrospectripensandoci
References in classic literature ?
In fact, a chill tremor went through me as I realised that, to all intent, I was at length respectably settled down, with quite a considerable retrospect of happy married life.
So my Grandson had disappeared in disgrace; and there I sat by my Wife's side, endeavouring to form a retrospect of the year 1999 and of the possibilities of the year 2000, but not quite able to shake off the thoughts suggested by the prattle of my bright little Hexagon.
I still think it very delicately done, and with a deep insight; but there is something in all Auerbach's work which in the retrospect affects me as if it dealt with pigmies.
The short dialogue with Priscilla in the garden had determined the current of retrospect in that frequent direction this particular Sunday afternoon.
I have to inform you, my dearest Fanny, that Henry has been down to Portsmouth to see you; that he had a delightful walk with you to the dockyard last Saturday, and one still more to be dwelt on the next day, on the ramparts; when the balmy air, the sparkling sea, and your sweet looks and conversation were altogether in the most delicious harmony, and afforded sensations which are to raise ecstasy even in retrospect.
It was evident that she had been prepared to weep, for she had provided herself with a sufficiency of handkerchiefs; I admired her forethought, but in retrospect it made her tears perhaps less moving.
Only in retrospect can I mark the almost imperceptible growth of my desire.
The neighborhood extracted considerable eager conversation from it; argument, rebuttal, suspicion, certainty, retrospect, and prophecy.
It seems to me indeed, in retrospect, that by the time the morrow's sun was high I had restlessly read into the fact before us almost all the meaning they were to receive from subsequent and more cruel occurrences.
It is, in fact, a most mortifying retrospect for me.
I conceive, also, that these twenty years would appear, in the retrospect, scarcely longer than the week to which Wakefield had at first limited his absence.
They say that a drowning man lives his life again before the last; but my own fight with the sea provided me with no such moments of vivid and rapid retrospect as those during which I stood breathless outside the lighted windows of Kirby Hall.