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v. re·gressed, re·gress·ing, re·gress·es
1. To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state: When I left the country, my ability to speak the language regressed.
2. To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
3. To move backward or away from a reference point; recede: The seas regressed as the glaciers grew larger.
To induce a state of regression in: techniques to regress a patient under hypnosis.
1. The act of regressing, especially the returning to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
2. The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause or of continually applying a process of reasoning to its own results.
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1. (intr) to return or revert, as to a former place, condition, or mode of behaviour
2. (Statistics) (tr) statistics to measure the extent to which (a dependent variable) is associated with one or more independent variables
3. (Statistics) the act of regressing
4. movement in a backward direction; retrogression
5. (Logic) 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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re•gress(v. rɪˈgrɛs; n. ˈri grɛs)
1. to move backward; go back.
2. to revert to an earlier or less advanced state.n.
3. the act of going back; return.
4. the right to go back.
5. backward movement or course.
[1325–75; < Latin regressus return =re- re- + -gred-, comb. form of gradī to step, walk, go + -tus suffix of v. action]
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Past participle: regressed
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|Noun||1.||regress - the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence|
|2.||regress - returning to a former state|
reversal - a change from one state to the opposite state; "there was a reversal of autonomic function"
|Verb||1.||regress - go back to a statistical means|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
|2.||regress - go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"|
recidivate, relapse, retrogress, regress, lapse, fall back - go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
change by reversal, reverse, turn - change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
resile - return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed; "The rubber tubes resile"
|3.||regress - get worse or fall back to a previous condition|
|4.||regress - go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"|
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verb revert, deteriorate, return, go back, retreat, lapse, fall back, wane, recede, ebb, degenerate, relapse, lose ground, turn the clock back, backslide, retrogress, retrocede, fall away or off Such countries are not developing at all, but regressing.
improve, advance, progress, wax
improve, advance, progress, wax
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regress[rɪˈgrɛs] vi → régresser
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regress[rɪˈgrɛs] vi (frm) → regredire
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