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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 Manufacturers are taking advantage of Trump's rollback. James Gerstenzang, CNN, 1 Aug. 2021 But with the rollback in policies, the Biden administration appeared to be caught off guard by the recent spike in border apprehensions and surge in arrivals of unaccompanied migrant children, which has overwhelmed detention facilities. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2021 Many cited a mixture of increase in infections among younger people, pandemic fatigue, mixed messaging on public-health measures with the rollback of restrictions, and the spread of more contagious variants. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2021 Matt Campbell, a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund, has represented a number of tribes across the country on legal issues, including the rollback of the federal land protection of Bears Ears. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 The Taliban have sought to project greater moderation in recent years, but many Afghans remain skeptical and fear a rollback of individual rights. Time, 16 Aug. 2021 The rollback in benefits comes amid ongoing financial hardship and uncertainty over the economic recovery as the COVID-19 Delta variant ripples across the nation. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 11 Aug. 2021 The rollback comes almost a year after the public health order was first put into place. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2021 The rollback comes as health officials are heralding the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines but cautioning against lifting restrictions before the shots are more widely available. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Sep 2021

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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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