Is there difference between the two words devolve and regress?
Can anyone help me figure it out? Many thanks.
I think the misapprehension (that the words are alike, which they're not) may be due to an app that used 'devolve' as an antonym of 'evolve'. You put in a current photograph of yourself, and the software wound back the evolutionary clock. The button that started the process bore the words 'Devolve me'.
PS Some dictionaries may recognize this meaning. After all, it's an easy enough assumption for a learner to make (that 'devolve' is the opposite of 'evolve'.) But I've only met it in this context: http://www.open.ac.uk/darwin/devolve-me.php
Last edited by BobK; 22-Dec-2011 at 13:58. Reason: Added PS