retrogresses

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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