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retrograde

ret·ro·grade

retrograde

 
 
pronunciation:
re tr greId
parts of speech:
adjective, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: moving or tending to move in a backward direction; retreating.
To the surprise of his officers, the general ordered a retrograde movement of the troops.Retrograde attitudes in the industry make it difficult for women to rise to high professional levels.
antonyms:
forward
similar words:
backward
definition 2: returning to a more primitive or inferior condition; showing degeneration; deteriorating.
definition 3: in astronomy, moving in a direction opposite to that of the movement of the earth around the sun.
a retrograde orbit
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: retrograded, retrogrades, retrograding
definition: in astronomy, to move in a retrograde direction.
derivations: retrogradely (adv.), retrogradation (n.)
Word Parts
The word retrograde contains the following parts:
retro- Latin prefix that means back, backward, behind
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree