- 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: Middle English regresse from Classical Latin regressus, past participle of regredi, to go back, return from re-, back plush gradi, to go: see grade
- to go back; return; move backward
- to undergo regression
- regressor noun
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verb re·gressed, re·gress·ing, re·gress·es verb, intransitive
- To go back; move backward.
- To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
- To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
- a. The act of going or coming back; return.b. Passage back; reentry.
- The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause.
Origin: Latin regredī, regress- : re-, re- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.
- re·gresˈsor noun