verb (used without object)
- regression analysis,
- regressive assimilation,
- regressive staining
Origin of regress
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.
When panic sets in, they regress completely and start ordering up things that are technical flops, too.
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’|Andrew Romano|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When it does, Bralove said, the patient can regress in measureable ways, turning to drugs or alcohol for solace.
But the quantity of the universe is not thereby determined, and we cannot affirm that this regress proceeds in infinitum.
The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing.Essays|Francis Bacon
For the member at which we have discontinued our division still admits a regress to many more parts contained in the object.
In prison I have learned that liberty does not consist in open doors and the egress and regress of locomotion.Genius in Sunshine and Shadow|Maturin Murray Ballou
But the regress in it is never completed, and can only be called potentially infinite.
Word Origin for regress
late 14c., "act of going back," from Latin regressus "a return, retreat, a going back," noun use of past participle of regredi "to go back," from re- "back" (see re-) + gradi "to step, walk" (see grade (n.)).
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.