how to pronounce retrograde


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retrograde is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of retrograde in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

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meanings of retrograde


  1. Directed backwards, retreating; reverting, especially to an inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
  2. In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin.
  3. A person who opposes social reforms, favoring the maintenance of the status quo, conservative.
  4. Describing a metamorphic change resulting from a decreasing pressure or temperature.
  5. Counterproductive to a desired outcome.


  1. The reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first.
  2. A degenerate person.


  1. To show retrogradation.
  2. To move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline; to revert.

retrograde frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word retrograde occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics retrograde can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that retrograde can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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