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.
- re·gres·sor, noun
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How to use regress in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
When it does, Bralove said, the patient can regress in measureable ways, turning to drugs or alcohol for solace.
To suppose that a food is constituted by eating is to presuppose that eating eats eating, and so on in infinite regress.Essays in Experimental Logic | John Dewey
Most of them will be shorter, however, and tend to regress toward the racial average.Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
So that one sex can neither progress nor can it regress by itself; but draws the other onward with it, or drags it back.Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
The keyhole was still their port of egress and regress, and it resembled the aperture of a beehive, on a sunny day in June.Folk-lore and legends: English | Charles John Tibbits
Even though this cannot be literally true, they perhaps tend to regress into a dream-mood in thinking of and relating the stories.Seven Mohave Myths | A. L. Kroeber
British Dictionary definitions for regress
(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
- regressor, noun
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