intransitive verb (spectated; spectating) Etymology: back-formation from spectator Date: 1858 to be present as a spectator (as at a sports event)

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  • spectate — (v.) 1929, back formation from SPECTATOR (Cf. spectator). Related: Spectated; spectating …   Etymology dictionary

  • spectate — ► VERB ▪ be a spectator …   English terms dictionary

  • spectate — [spek′tāt΄] vi. spectated, spectating to be a spectator at some event, esp. an athletic contest …   English World dictionary

  • spectate — UK [spekˈteɪt] / US [ˈspekˌteɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms spectate : present tense I/you/we/they spectate he/she/it spectates present participle spectating past tense spectated past participle spectated to watch a public activity or event,… …   English dictionary

  • spectate — /spek tayt/, v.i., spectated, spectating. to participate as a spectator, as at a horse race. [1700 10; back formation from SPECTATOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • spectate — spec|tate [spekˈteıt US ˈspekteıt] v [I] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: spectator] to watch a sports event …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spectate — spec|tate [ spek,teıt ] verb intransitive to watch a public activity or event, especially a sports event …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spectate — verb be a spectator. Origin C18: back form. from spectator …   English new terms dictionary

  • spectate — verb (I) to watch a sports event …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spectate — spec·tate …   English syllables

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