Brown Driver Briggs, usually unabashed at offering extra-canonical etymology, offers only "proper name" as the etymological parse of נבט, given that it is only ever found in the phrase " יָרָבְעָ֣ם בֶּן-נְבָ֔ט ‏" What is the etymology of this Biblical name?

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To look or regard.

See: A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language for Readers of English p. 401, 1987 by R. Ernest Klein


Perhaps seeng or looking. See here on Radak and R. Yona Ibn G'anach here

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