Meaning of “look back” in the English Dictionary

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"look back" in British English

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look back

phrasal verb with look uk /lʊk/ us /lʊk/ verb

B2 to think about something that happened in the past:

When I look back I can see where we went wrong.
It wasn't such a bad experience when I look back on it.

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  • When I look back, I'm filled with sadness.
  • He looked back on his time as president with pride.
  • One day we'll look back on this and laugh.
  • When you look back on this in a year or two, it won't seem so bad.
  • Looking back, I admit I didn't always do the right thing.

(Definition of “look back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"look back" in American English

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look back

phrasal verb with look us /lʊk/ verb

to think of or remember what has happened in the past:

George looked back on his career in government with a great deal of satisfaction.

(Definition of “look back” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)