noun re·gress \ˈrē-ˌgres\

Definition of REGRESS

a :  an act or the privilege of going or coming back
b :  reentry 1
:  movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition
:  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


verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

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

Full Definition of REGRESS

intransitive verb
a :  to make or undergo regress :  retrograde
b :  to be subject to or exhibit regression
:  to tend to approach or revert to a mean
transitive verb
:  to induce a state of psychological regression in
re·gres·sor \-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>

First Known Use of REGRESS

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Medical Definition of REGRESS

:  to undergo or exhibit regression <a regressing lesion>
transitive verb
:  to induce a state of psychological regression in <regress a hypnotized subject>


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