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regress

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noun re·gress \ˈrē-ˌgres\

Definition of regress

  1. 1a :  an act or the privilege of going or coming backb :  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

Did You Know?

As you might guess, regress is the opposite of progress. So if a disease regresses, that's generally a good thing, but in most other ways we prefer not to regress. If someone's mental state has been improving, we hope he or she won't start to regress; and when a nation's promising educational system begins to regress, that's a bad sign for the country's future. Economists often distinguish between a progressive tax and a regressive tax; in a progressive tax, the percentage that goes to taxes gets larger as the amount of money being taxed gets larger, while in a regressive tax the percentage gets smaller. (Rich people prefer regressive taxes.)

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: 15th century


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regress

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verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Definition of regress

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make or undergo regress :  retrogradeb :  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>

Circa 1522

First Known Use of regress

circa 1522


REGRESS Defined for English Language Learners


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regress

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verb re·gress \ri-ˈgres\

Definition of regress for English Language Learners

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


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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