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roll·​back ˈrōl-ˌbak How to pronounce rollback (audio)
: the act or an instance of rolling back
a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices

roll back

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rolled back; rolling back; rolls back

transitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Yoder said developers have told her that building on wetlands is an expensive task, even with no regulations in place, undermining claims that regulatory rollbacks will lead to affordable housing. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Environmentalists had expressed frustration that it's taken years for Biden to act on some of the Trump-era rollbacks. Matthew Brown, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 Some experts worry that preschool rollbacks could fuel a chain reaction: If more parents are unable to obtain affordable care and opt to leave New York, the pipeline for public school enrollment could drop off — prompting further cuts to programs. Troy Closson, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Agencies that investigate odometer rollback cases differ from state to state, according to Carfax. USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Attorney General Dana Nessel, who, like Whitmer, is a Democrat, interpreted the law to say the income tax rollback would apply to the 2023 tax year only. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 7 Mar. 2024 Republicans have blamed the crisis on the policies of the administration, including the rollback of Trump-era policies like border wall construction and the Remain in Mexico policy. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 27 Feb. 2024 Democrats, too, have sought abolition, rollbacks and significant reforms of, for example, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the National Security Agency. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The organization has also been behind other rollbacks of child labor laws in other states. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024
In warm weather the ceiling over the top floor rolls back for the place to become an open-air deck beneath a canopy of patio lights. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 1 Apr. 2024 However, much of what was promised in venture capital has been rolled back amid sweeping DEI backlash over the last two years. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Cape Coral, one of the communities losing its flood insurance discount, rolled back some of its stricter rules around rebuilding to help residents avoid hitting that 50% line. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Following the outcry, Zomato has rolled back plans to dress riders delivering vegetarian food in green. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 Advocates warn that rolling back assistance to migrants — many of whom have made difficult journeys from Central and South America — will exacerbate what is already a humanitarian crisis for thousands of people who are trying their best to make ends meet and leave overcrowded shelters. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 The fall of affirmative action is part of a 50-year campaign to roll back racial progress. Nikole Hannah-Jones Nikole Hannah-Jones Phoebe Zerwick Sam Apple Kwame Anthony Appiah Yotam Ottolenghi Jillian Steinhauer Peter C. Baker John Hodgman, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 Use your core to roll back to the starting position. Jacqueline Andriakos, Health, 13 Mar. 2024 The budget contains a number of different proposals to roll back elements of the 2017 Republican tax cuts, many of which are due to expire at the end of 2025. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1937, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of rollback was in 1937

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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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