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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s because the Trump administration’s rollback is designed to head off future regulations for existing oil and gas infrastructure. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Methane Cloud Sitting over U.S. Southwest Threatens Indigenous Residents," 6 Aug. 2020 The rollback of the last major Obama-era climate rule is a gift to many oil and gas companies, which have seen profits collapse from the pandemic. Coral Davenport,, "Trump scraps rule on methane pollution, even as leaks worsen," 13 Aug. 2020 The rollback is particularly vexing because Murphy, a Democrat, had taken pains to raise the limit gradually since March, when such gatherings were restricted to 10 people. Elise Young,, "New Jersey’s Reopening Hits Setback With Indoor Crowd Limit Slashed," 3 Aug. 2020 President Ronald Reagan's 1981 cut is the biggest, followed by the 1945 rollback of taxes that financed World War II. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP distort on health care, vote fraud," 25 Aug. 2020 On Monday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will appear before the House of Representatives to discuss the recent rollback of service changes that have been blamed for widespread reports of delayed and lost mail. Washington Post, "Chicks, cockroaches, crickets and frogs: How mail delays are affecting the live animal trade," 22 Aug. 2020 The Trump administration and European Union agreed Friday to a limited tariff rollback, providing relief to American lobster exports and to a range of European items, and providing a boost to strained U.S.-EU trade relations. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Europe Lifts Tariffs on U.S. Lobsters," 21 Aug. 2020 People's Safety Reimagined says The Board of Elections has determined that was in 2019, the rollback of the earnings tax when 46,796 people voted. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Goodbye Cincinnati Police Department? Charter amendment effort aims to re-imagine police but faces wide resistance," 18 Aug. 2020 Environmental groups say the approach vastly underestimates the damage caused by climate change globally while making the cost savings of the rollback to industry look worthwhile. Jennifer Hijazi, Science | AAAS, "‘It cannot survive.’ Why Trump’s rollback of methane rule might lose in court," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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