- Regress is defined as the act of going back to a worse state.
An example of a regress is a return to a previously-held job that paid less.
- Regress means to go back to a worse or less developed state.
An example of to regress is to return to the habit of smoking cigarettes.
- a going or coming back
- the right or privilege of this
- backward movement; retrogression
Origin of regressMiddle English regresse ; from Classical Latin regressus, past participle of regredi, to go back, return ; from re-, back + gradi, to go: see grade
- to go back; return; move backward
- to undergo regression
verbre·gressed, re·gress·ing, re·gress·es
- To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state: When I left the country, my ability to speak the language regressed.
- To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
- To move backward or away from a reference point; recede: The seas regressed as the glaciers grew larger.
verb, transitive Psychology
- The act of regressing, especially the returning to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
- The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause or of continually applying a process of reasoning to its own results.
Origin of regressLatin regredī, regress- : re-, re- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present regresses, present participle regressing, simple past and past participle regressed)