One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Go back to an earlier state, typically a worse one.‘she retrogressed to the starting point of her rehabilitation’
deteriorate, decline, sink, slip, slide, worsen, get worse, grow worse, take a turn for the worse, lapse, fail, fall off, slump, go downhill, regressView synonyms
- ‘It's been struggling uphill some of time, and retrogressing much of the time, as well.’
- ‘Europe had retrogressed almost to a primitive way of life, wherein learning was preserved largely in the monasteries.’
- ‘Society in the past 50 years has known an extremely one-sided development, with science and technology making great strides while social life and culture have stagnated and retrogressed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Melanie let out a few barks, but slowly they retrogressed to a bitter growl.’
- ‘His point was not that we should in fact retrogress, but that the future and the present can be imagined differently.’
- ‘I do hope that we were able to retrogress you back into the man our daughter loved, not the tepid person you currently are.’
- ‘This proves that her determination to fight AIDS and to seek justice is retrogressing rapidly.’
Early 19th century: from retro- ‘back’, on the pattern of the verb progress.
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