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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 His rollback of environmental safeguards stalled efforts to fight climate change that threatens coastal cities. Joe Garofoli,, "Five ways Trump changed California — including one that helped Democrats," 18 Jan. 2021 Any rollback of the police commissioner’s authority would face obstacles. Mollie Simon, ProPublica, "Calls Increase for NYPD Commissioner to Be Stripped of Absolute Authority Over Officer Discipline," 22 Dec. 2020 John Gouker, a McPherson descendant (and Walker's father), was there when Graham showed up with his rollback. Kim Strong, USA TODAY, "Pennsylvania man buys 30 Christmas trees for families in need," 16 Dec. 2020 California’s agreement with the six automakers was an end run around Trump’s rollback of the rules and his attack on the California waiver. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: GM backs off in its fight over California air standards, but hold your applause," 24 Nov. 2020 Any Biden rollback of tariffs on Chinese goods could clear the way for more shipments of U.S. farm products to Asia. Kevin Miller And Melinda Grenier, oregonlive, "Here are the business sectors that will thrive, dive under Biden administration," 15 Nov. 2020 The rollback prompted the bitter battle between the federal government and California, with each side lining up an alliance of automakers in support of its position. Washington Post, "President-elect Joe Biden posed in his vintage Corvette. But he promises a big push for electric vehicles.," 25 Nov. 2020 But, as the rollback on indoor dining due to health order has shown, illusion can only resist reality for so long these days. Soleil Ho,, "House of Prime Rib's beefy feasts are still a splurge-worthy event as takeout," 12 Nov. 2020 The rollback of environmental regulation from the White House is over. Calvin Woodward And Michael Tackett, Star Tribune, "Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden's seasoned cool," 7 Nov. 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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The first known use of rollback was in 1937

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25 Jan 2021

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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 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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