retrogress

[ re-truh-gres, re-truh-gres ]
/ ˌrɛ trəˈgrɛs, ˈrɛ trəˌgrɛs /

verb (used without object)

to go backward into an earlier and usually worse condition: to retrogress to infantilism.
to move backward.

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Origin of retrogress

First recorded in 1810–20; from Latin retrōgressus, past participle of retrōgradī “to go back or backward,” equivalent to retrō- “back, backward, behind” + gred-, combining form of gradī “to step, go” + -tus past participle suffix, with dt becoming ss; see retro-
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British Dictionary definitions for retrogress

retrogress
/ (ˌrɛtrəʊˈɡrɛs) /

verb (intr)

to go back to an earlier, esp worse, condition; degenerate or deteriorate
to move backwards; recede
biology to develop characteristics or features of lower or simpler organisms; degenerate

Derived forms of retrogress

retrogression, nounretrogressive, adjectiveretrogressively, adverb

Word Origin for retrogress

C19: from Latin retrōgressus having moved backwards, from retrōgradī; see retrograde
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