Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To attend (a horserace or other sporting event, for example) as a spectator.

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  • v. to attend an event as a spectator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To look about or upon; gaze; behold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be a spectator in a sports event

Etymologies

Back-formation from spectator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Meanwhile, a Galaxy Tab device was able to "spectate," or watch over, what the other user was doing on Maya on the iPad, also through OnLive.

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  • There are thirty active contributors and four or five people have authoring rights - so each of one of us has a network of people who tell us things ... then about another three hundred people 'spectate' and occasionally get involved if we make things easy for them. "

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  • At a maximum, these fans might consider finding fulfilling activities in which they can actually participate rather than just spectate.

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  • The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC) has organized the Poor People's World Cup, a three-week-long competition that mimics the FIFA World Cup, but allows poor South Africans to participate and spectate.

    'Poor People's World Cup' Shows Exclusion Of Poor In South Africa

  • But sometimes Parks Bonifay will surprise Shaun Murray with a Temper Tantrum or other Invert-style move, and then he will spectate the babes outside while high-fiving Shaun Murray.

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  • With eight people to watch, I figured the most efficient way to spectate would be on wheels, so I brought my rollerblades and as it turned out, I saw almost everyone at several points in the race.

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  • Tarps were constructed over the Colosseum so that the entertainment-hungry masses could spectate for days at a time out of the hot summer sun.

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  • His subjects assume the same weight and importance as a human portrait sitter, and demand (as a human subject would) that the viewer engage with them rather than simply spectate.

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  • Meanwhile, as the Hand of God tries new puppets on for size and the Dragon drops by to spectate, Li’l Evil makes his first appearance as the Devil’s biggest fan and the saccharine-sweet angels Ezekiel and Ariel continue to make cheerful nuisances of themselves.

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  • I suggest you seek out resistance events in your area (not necessarily Chicago) and participate, spectate, or cover the events through video or articles which will be posted after you attend.

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