Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

regress

play
noun re·gress \ˈrē-ˌgres\

Definition of regress

  1. 1 a :  an act or the privilege of going or coming back b :  reentry 1

  2. 2 :  movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition

  3. 3 :  the act of reasoning backward



Origin 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


2

regress

play
verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Simple Definition of regress

  • : to return to an earlier and usually worse or less developed condition or state

Full Definition of regress

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make or undergo regress :  retrograde b :  to be subject to or exhibit regression

  3. 2 :  to tend to approach or revert to a mean

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to induce a state of psychological regression in

re·gres·sor play \-ˈgre-sər\ noun

Examples of regress

  1. The patient is regressing to a childlike state.

  2. <in extreme circumstances, people sometimes regress to the behavior they exhibited in childhood>



1552

First Known Use of regress

1552


Medical Dictionary

regress

play
intransitive verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Medical Definition of regress

  1. :  to undergo or exhibit regression <a regressing lesion>

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to induce a state of psychological regression in <regress a hypnotized subject>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up regress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ