from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A review, survey, or contemplation of things in the past.
- intransitive v. To contemplate the past.
- intransitive v. To refer back.
- transitive v. To look back on or contemplate (things past).
- idiom in retrospect Looking backward or reviewing the past.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. consideration of past times
- v. To look or refer back to; to reflect on
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To look backward; hence, to affect or concern what is past.
- n. A looking back on things past; view or contemplation of the past.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look back upon; consider retrospectively.
- n. The act of looking backward; contemplation or consideration of the past; hence, a review or survey of past events.
- n. Hence That to which one looks back; the past; a past event or consideration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember
- n. contemplation of things past
From Latin *retrōspectus, past participle of retrōspicere, to look back at : retrō-, retro- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin retrōspectum, from retrōspicio ("to look back at"). (Wiktionary)