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regress

verb

Definition: 1. to return to an earlier, worse condition; 2. to go back to a former state

Synonyms: degenerate, deteriorate, relapse, retrogress, revert, return

Antonyms: advance, progress, flourish, improve

Tips: Regress is generally negative, as when you regress back to bad habits. In psychology, the noun regression is a commonly used term, denoting the reenactment of an earlier emotional state.

Usage Examples:

If expectations are lowered, the employees may regress back to their formerly unproductive ways. (return, revert)

Without consistent accountability, the criminals may regress to their prior, unlawful acts. (revert, relapse)

After several months of recovery, the economy regressed into another recession. (relapsed)

Whenever he is faced with conflict or criticism, he regresses into a state of immaturity and defensiveness. (reverts)


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