• (noun) IPA: /ˈɹiːˌɡɹɛs/
  • (verb) IPA: /ɹɪˈɡɹɛs/


  1. The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression.
    • 1886, Frederic Harrison, The Choice of Books
      Its bearing on the progress or regress of man is not an inconsiderable question.
  2. The power or liberty of passing back.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
      Thou shalt have egresse and regresse.
  3. In property law, the right of a person (such as a lessee) to return to a property.

regress (regresses, present participle regressing; past and past participle regressed)

  1. (intransitive) To move backwards to an earlier stage; to devolve.
  2. (intransitive, astronomy) To move from east to west.
  3. (transitive, statistics) To perform a regression on an explanatory variable.
    When we regress Y on X, we use the values of variable X to predict those of Y.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • French: régresser
  • Portuguese: regredir, retroceder
  • Russian: регресси́ровать
  • Spanish: retrogradar, retroceder
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