Regress means to go back to a worse or less developed state.(verb)
An example of to regress is to return to the habit of smoking cigarettes.
Regress is defined as the act of going back to a worse state.(noun)
An example of a regress is a return to a previously-held job that paid less.
See regress in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME regresse < L regressus, pp. of regredi, to go back, return < re-, back + gradi, to go: see grade
See regress in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb re·gressed, re·gress·ing, re·gress·es verb, intransitive
Origin: Latin regredī, regress-
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.
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