roll·​back | \ ˈrōl-ˌbak \

Definition of rollback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

roll 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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Curtin breaks down Trump’s effect into three buckets: 1) Trump’s regulatory rollbacks have shifted investment incentives. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 And these regulatory rollbacks are just the tip of the iceberg. Sam Berger, Fortune, "Commentary: How Trump Is Letting Businesses Steal Money From Workers," 31 Jan. 2018 Many of these companies have spoken out against the Trump administration’s rollback of trans rights before. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple, Google, Facebook, and others push back on Trump transgender policy," 1 Nov. 2018 Silver's approach on the leaving-the-bench rule is similar to the rollback on the hard line that Stern took with the dress code for inactive players on the bench. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has NBA common sense arrived too late for Heat?," 3 June 2018 The next month, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn decided in favor of attorneys general from 15 states and several advocacy groups that sued to block the DACA rollback. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "U.S. Must Keep DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules," 24 Apr. 2018 What was your reaction to the rollback of environmental efforts? Katie Couric, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg On Climate Change, the Power of Government, and Why He's Still Hopeful About the Future," 9 May 2017 The show, titled MasculinFéminin represents female empowerment and experience in an intimate context, depicting women that are in complete control of their bodies and their sexuality—a stark opposition to the rollbacks of the new administration. Amy Louise Bailey, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Feminist Artists Are Staging Their Own Protests with Paint," 6 Feb. 2017 Investors have soured on bank stocks of late, with the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index down nearly 6% so far this year, even though smaller lenders like Investors Bank and its likely suitors have benefited from a rollback in banking rules. Cara Lombardo And Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "New Jersey Lender Explores Sale as Banks Consolidate," 6 Nov. 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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