rollback

noun
roll·​back | \ ˈrōl-ˌbak How to pronounce rollback (audio) \

Definition of rollback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

roll back

verb
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 There is dispute in France about the extent of the civil liberties rollback since the terrorist attacks. BostonGlobe.com, "The reason is simple: the Islamic State’s crimes, and the fear they instilled in the national psyche, are so ingrained in France that the daily fabric of life has been inexorably altered.," 1 Nov. 2019 Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal announcement of the rollback set for Wednesday afternoon at Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Colorado will fight Trump administration’s move to block California from setting stricter vehicle emission rules," 18 Sep. 2019 Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal announcement of the rollback set for Wednesday afternoon at Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington. Michael Biesecker, San Diego Union-Tribune, "EPA set to end California’s ability to regulate fuel economy," 17 Sep. 2019 Advocates of the policy rollback had argued the Obama rule was necessary for energy conservation. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Thomas Edison's great-grandson: Stop using incandescent lightbulbs," 6 June 2019 The overall intent of the bill was to shield California from the Trump administration's rollbacks of environmental laws and workplace protections, but Newsom said the legislation fell short of that promise. Washington Post, "More than 2,000 preserved fetal remains found in Illinois in deceased abortion provider’s home," 15 Sep. 2019 Some of its dystopian predictions about the rollback of reproductive rights now seem prophetic. The Economist, "The sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores the workings of repression," 12 Sep. 2019 The weakening of the methane standard is the latest in the march of environmental-policy rollbacks by the Trump administration designed to loosen regulations on industry. New York Times, "Curbs on Methane, Potent Greenhouse Gas, to Be Relaxed in U.S.," 29 Aug. 2019 In the face of unprecedented rollbacks at the agency designed to protect Americans' health and their environment, former EPA chiefs harken back to what prompted the EPA's creation. A. Chris Gajilan, CNN, "Nixon created the EPA in 1970. Today, it's a much different agency.," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rollback

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rollback was in 1937

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rollback

noun
How to pronounce roll back (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rollback

: a reduction or decrease in something
: the act of reversing or undoing something

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