Definition of retrogress in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌrɛtrə(ʊ)ˈgrɛs


[no object]
  • Go back to an earlier state, typically a worse one: she retrogressed to the starting point of her rehabilitation
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    • This proves that her determination to fight AIDS and to seek justice is retrogressing rapidly.
    • A lot of what is on our airwaves is not the kind of thing we want to institutionalise, and to not have a code, we think we have retrogressed.
    • Europe had retrogressed almost to a primitive way of life, wherein learning was preserved largely in the monasteries.


early 19th century: from retro- 'back', on the pattern of the verb progress.

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