Meaning of REGRESS in English


I. ˈrē-ˌgres noun

Etymology: Middle English regresse, from Anglo-French, from Latin regressus, from regredi to go back, from re- + gradi to go — more at grade

Date: 14th century


a. : an act or the privilege of going or coming back

b. : reentry 1

2. : movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition

3. : the act of reasoning backward

II. ri-ˈgres

Date: 1552

intransitive verb


a. : to make or undergo regress : retrograde

b. : to be subject to or exhibit regression

2. : to tend to approach or revert to a mean

transitive verb

: to induce a state of psychological regression in

• re·gres·sor -ˈgre-sər noun

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