Origin and Etymology of regress
Middle English regresse, from Anglo-French, from Latin regressus, from regredi to go back, from re- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with regress
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Simple Definition of regress
: to return to an earlier and usually worse or less developed condition or state
Examples of regress in a sentence
The patient is regressing to a childlike state.
<in extreme circumstances, people sometimes regress to the behavior they exhibited in childhood>
First Known Use of regress
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