- to move backward; go back.
- to revert to an earlier or less advanced state or form.
- the act of going back; return.
- the right to go back.
- backward movement or course; retrogression.
Origin of regress
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Examples from the Web for regress
But at around 12 months, B. seemed to regress, and by age 2, he had fully retreated into his own world.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 3, 2014
The Daily Beast
August 3, 2014
When panic sets in, they regress completely and start ordering up things that are technical flops, too.What’s Behind the Obamacare Cock-Up
October 21, 2013
Or do I step away from the remote and regress, becoming the quaint sort of character who watches only one episode at a time?You’ve Gotta Binge on the New Netflix Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’
July 11, 2013
When it does, Bralove said, the patient can regress in measureable ways, turning to drugs or alcohol for solace.Penn State’s Hidden Victims
July 11, 2012
My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress and regress;—said I well?The Merry Wives of Windsor
They regress: they play with toys (fancy cars, watches, laptops).After the Rain
Most of them will be shorter, however, and tend to regress toward the racial average.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
At every step there has been progress, but there has also been regress.Artist and Public
Age is for retreat, for regress toward a former day; it would say with the ancient poet, "Return unto thy rest, O my soul."The Quiver 12/1899
- (intr) to return or revert, as to a former place, condition, or mode of behaviour
- (tr) statistics to measure the extent to which (a dependent variable) is associated with one or more independent variables
- the act of regressing
- movement in a backward direction; retrogression
- logic a supposed explanation each stage of which requires to be similarly explained, as saying that knowledge requires a justification in terms of propositions themselves known to be true
Word Origin and History for regress
1550s, "to return to a former state," from Latin regressus (see regress (n.)). Meaning "to move backward" is from 1823. The psychological sense of "to return to an earlier stage of life" is attested from 1926. Related: Regressed; regressing.