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roll·​back ˈrōl-ˌbak How to pronounce rollback (audio)
: the act or an instance of rolling back
a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices

roll back

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rolled back; rolling back; rolls back

transitive verb

: to reduce (something, such as a commodity price) to or toward a previous level on a national scale
: to cause to retreat or withdraw : push back
: rescind
attempted to roll back antipollution standards

Examples of rollback in a Sentence

Noun a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices a rollback in environmental regulations a rollback of previous wage concessions Verb lobbyists for the industry pressured the legislators to roll back the new automotive safety standards
Recent Examples on the Web
But neither has managed to stem democratic rollbacks. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, 4 July 2024 The rollback of women’s rights is not restricted to Europe. Linda Robinson, Foreign Affairs, 3 July 2024
Both political forces want to do away with Macron’s international business-friendly policies, roll back labor market reforms, and generally favor workers and SMEs over an economy dominated by big business. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 8 July 2024 Some of the things residents should expect if the opposition secures a council majority are a roll back in city spending, a reduction in city programs and initiatives overall, and a council that is even more opposed to multi-family housing than already is. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for rollback 

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Word History

First Known Use


1937, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of rollback was in 1937

Dictionary Entries Near rollback

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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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