Definition of retrogress in English:



  • Go back to an earlier state, typically a worse one.

    ‘she retrogressed to the starting point of her rehabilitation’
    • ‘His point was not that we should in fact retrogress, but that the future and the present can be imagined differently.’
    • ‘Melanie let out a few barks, but slowly they retrogressed to a bitter growl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This proves that her determination to fight AIDS and to seek justice is retrogressing rapidly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I do hope that we were able to retrogress you back into the man our daughter loved, not the tepid person you currently are.’
    deteriorate, decline, sink, slip, slide, worsen, get worse, grow worse, take a turn for the worse, lapse, fail, fall off, slump, go downhill, regress
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Early 19th century: from retro- ‘back’, on the pattern of the verb progress.