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Definition of rollback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of rolling back a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices

roll back

rolled back; rolling back; rolls back

Definition of roll back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of rollback in a Sentence


a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices a rollback in environmental regulations a rollback of previous wage concessions


lobbyists for the industry pressured the legislators to roll back the new automotive safety standards
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The savings don't stop with the stand mixer, either: Walmart's rollback sale features great deals on electric tea kettles, blenders, food processors, and more. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Walmart Is Having a Massive KitchenAid Sale Right Now," 1 July 2019 All Colorado leaders should follow Sen. Michael Bennet’s lead and speak out against this rollback. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Keep the Clean Power Plan; Don’t blame the scooter; America can do better on climate; Hall of Fame is run by louts (6/25/19)," 26 June 2019 President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 cut is the biggest, followed by the 1945 rollback of taxes that financed World War II. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Economy, Wall, Taxes: Fact Checking Trump's Speech at Orlando Rally," 19 June 2019 Phaneuf and Perry now are unrestricted free agents, able to shop around to try to recover the wages lost in the rollback. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Torey Krug wants to remain a Bruin — at the right price," 22 June 2019 Now the South Bay’s Valley Transportation Authority and individual employees of BART hired during that time period are challenging the CalPERS rollback. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: CalPERS must stop transit workers’ pension windfall," 18 June 2019 The board also confronted the rollback’s effect on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "EPA’s Science Advisory Board to Scrutinize Clean Car Rollback," 12 June 2019 However, the Trump administration went further than the industry expected, using the rollback to attack California’s legal authority to set its own rules. New York Times, "Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits," 6 June 2019 With this rollback, the city’s portion will yield a neutral tax revenue for the 2018/19 year. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Lawrenceville lowers millage rate for 2018/19 Fiscal Year," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of rollback


1937, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of rollback was in 1937

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English Language Learners Definition of rollback

: a reduction or decrease in something
: the act of reversing or undoing something

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