Definition of look back at/on in English:

look back at/on

phrasal verb

  • Think of (past events)

    ‘don't waste time looking back on things which have caused you distress’
    • ‘I think looking back on your past experiences and failures is useful only if you learn from this experience and ensure that you do not make the same mistake again.’
    • ‘Rev Ashworth has spent the past 22 years at St Margaret's, in St Margaret's Road, a time which he looks back on with fondness.’
    • ‘Those of us with long political memories tend to look back at events of the past and expect history to repeat itself.’
    • ‘He afforded himself a little smile as he looked back on how his company has grown.’
    • ‘How can anyone, looking back at the past four years, possibly approve?’
    • ‘Have you ever looked back at the past and wished that things would go back to how they were, though you knew they never could?’
    • ‘We can look back at events through history and determine exactly how they came about.’
    • ‘It is also a time for reflection, looking back on the year we have just had and forward to what will be.’
    • ‘I've really made a mess of things, I reflected, looking back on the day's events.’
    • ‘When you look back on past romances, do you ever wonder what you saw in a former lover?’
    reflect on, think about, remember, recall, bring to mind, muse on, brood on, ponder on, reminisce about, be nostalgic about, hark back to
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