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regress

[v. ri-gres; n. ree-gres] /v. rɪˈgrɛs; n. ˈri grɛs/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move backward; go back.
2.
to revert to an earlier or less advanced state or form.
noun
3.
the act of going back; return.
4.
the right to go back.
5.
backward movement or course; retrogression.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English regresse (noun) < Latin regressus a returning, going back, equivalent to re- re- + -gred-, combining form of gradī to step, walk, go + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss
Related forms
regressor, noun
Synonyms
1. revert, retreat, backslide, lapse, ebb.
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  • Rather, sharks have regressed from wider heads to narrower ones.
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British Dictionary definitions for regressed

regress

verb (rɪˈɡrɛs)
1.
(intransitive) to return or revert, as to a former place, condition, or mode of behaviour
2.
(transitive) (statistics) to measure the extent to which (a dependent variable) is associated with one or more independent variables
noun (ˈriːɡrɛs)
3.
the act of regressing
4.
movement in a backward direction; retrogression
5.
(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
Derived Forms
regressor, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin regressus a retreat, from regredī to go back, from re- + gradī to go
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Word Origin and History for regressed

regress

n.

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.)).

v.

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.

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