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regress

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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


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regress

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verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Simple Definition of regress

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

regressor play \-ˈgre-sər\ noun

Examples of regress in a sentence

  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

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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>





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