assimilation in which a following sound has an effect on a preceding one, as in pronouncing have in have to as [haf], /hæf/, influenced by the voiceless (t) in to.
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Also called anticipatory assimilation.
Compare progressive assimilation.
Origin of regressive assimilation
First recorded in 1885–90
Words nearby regressive assimilation
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