retrogress

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verb ret·ro·gress \ˌre-trə-ˈgres\

Definition of retrogress

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move backward :  revert

Examples of retrogress in a sentence

  1. <the quality of research at the university lab has begun to retrogress since the massive budget cuts went into effect>

Did You Know?

As you might guess, retrogress is the opposite of progress. Retrogression is usually an undesirable decline from a higher or advanced level. So, for instance, in difficult social situations an adolescent can retrogress to a childish level of maturity. And under the extreme conditions of total war, a whole society may retrogress to a primitive state. The increasing number of poor or homeless people has been seen as evidence of modern social retrogression, and the rise of loud, name-calling TV and radio personalities strikes many people as a sign of political retrogression.

Origin and Etymology of retrogress

Latin retrogressus, past participle of retrogradi


First Known Use: 1819


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