Regress Definition

regressed, regresses, regressing
regressed, regresses, regressing
To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
When I left the country, my ability to speak the language regressed.
American Heritage
To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
American Heritage Medicine
To go back; return; move backward.
Webster's New World
To undergo regression.
Webster's New World
A going or coming back.
Webster's New World
The act of regressing, especially the returning to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
American Heritage
The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause or of continually applying a process of reasoning to its own results.
American Heritage
The right or privilege of this.
Webster's New World
Backward movement; retrogression.
Webster's New World

Origin of Regress

  • Latin regredī regress- re- re- gradī to go ghredh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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