retrogress

[re-truh-gres, re-truh-gres]
verb (used without object)
1.
to go backward into an earlier and usually worse condition: to retrogress to infantilism.
2.
to move backward.

Origin:
1810–20; < Latin retrōgressus past participle of retrōgradī to go back or backward, equivalent to retrō- retro- + gred-, combining form of gradī to step, go (see grade) + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss


1. decline, degenerate, retrograde, withdraw, retreat, revert.
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retrogress (ˌrɛtrəʊˈɡrɛs)
 
vb
1.  to go back to an earlier, esp worse, condition; degenerate or deteriorate
2.  to move backwards; recede
3.  biology to develop characteristics or features of lower or simpler organisms; degenerate
 
[C19: from Latin retrōgressus having moved backwards, from retrōgradī; see retrograde]
 
retro'gression
 
n
 
retro'gressive
 
adj
 
retro'gressively
 
adv

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Example sentences
Fluctuations can cause cut-off date movement to slow, stop, or even retrogress.
Disturbance of this plant community for any reason causes it to retrogress to an earlier stage of development.
Such fluctuations can cause cut-off date movement to slow, stop, or even retrogress.
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