[v. ri-gres; n. ree-gres]
verb (used without object)
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.

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

regressor, noun

1. revert, retreat, backslide, lapse, ebb. Unabridged
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1.  (intr) to return or revert, as to a former place, condition, or mode of behaviour
2.  (tr) statistics to measure the extent to which (a dependent variable) is associated with one or more independent variables
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
[C14: from Latin regressus a retreat, from regredī to go back, from re- + gradī to go]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (n.), "act of going back," from L. regressus "a return," from regress-, pp. stem of regredi "to go back," from re- "back" + gradi "to step, walk" (see grade). The verb meaning "to move backward" is recorded from 1823; the psychological sense of "to return to an earlier
stage of life" is attested from 1926. Regressive is recorded from 1630s; in ref. to taxation, it is attested from 1889.
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Example sentences
At first it seemed to improve but now she is regressing back to old ways.
Unfortunately for some of the politicians running this country they have long
  ago reached their limits and are now regressing.
The fact that in several key areas-fusion energy, supersonic transport, space
  colonization-applied science is regressing.
In some respects, the countries of the region are regressing.
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