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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

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: Noun Already there have been dire effects of the current rollback. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 After Trump’s rollback, California adopted its own light bulb standards that withstood a legal challenge from the industry. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 At the time, the Natural Resources Defense Council advocacy group said the rollback could boost energy consumption by an amount equal to the output of 30 large power plants. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 Why, exactly, is this rollback so different from all other rollbacks? Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 Kitzhaber, a moderate Democrat who forged several notable compromise deals with Republicans, including a money-saving pension rollback that angered public employees, resigned in 2015. oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2022 Whitmer said the rollback should be temporary, but did not immediately indicate how long the cut should be in effect. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 The rollback of coronavirus safety precautions may be exciting news for some, but the new normal is also causing stress for those who took comfort in social distancing and wearing masks. Jennifer Bringle,, 18 Mar. 2022 The rethink is limited to the accompanying rollback of DSTs — the proverbial carrot for the United States to accept the deal. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Rollback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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