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regress to (something)

1. To return to some earlier state or point of development. It's not uncommon for victims of such trauma to regress to a childlike state as an emotional defense mechanism. I try to keep a fairly neutral accent, but I regress to a real southern twang whenever I get nervous.
2. To move or recede backward to some point. The ice on the lake began regressing to the shoreline as the temperatures continued to rise.
3. To move from a more extreme position back toward the statistical mean. Random variables will almost always regress to the mean if you have a large enough sample size.
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regress to something

to go back to an earlier, probably simpler, state; to go back to a more primitive state. Bob claimed that Gerald's behavior was regressing to that of a three-year-old. I tend to regress to my college ways when I am out with the guys.
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Alas, they have resurfaced in their disastrous December and the brutal truth is United are in danger of regressing to their also-rans tag of last season, when they had next to nothing to play for in the Premier League and ended it with five academy graduates making their full debuts.
THEY have nightmares or trouble sleeping or are regressing to younger behaviour, such as bedwetting or thumb sucking.
For the next hour or so he experiences (or, depending on your faith in the process, acts out) a range of tasks, emotions, and impulses: pacing, talking to himself, painting, singing, regressing to childish behavior, and occasionally becoming enraged.
I'M 39 and sometimes feel like regressing to baby behaviour.