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retard

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verb re·tard \ri-ˈtärd\

Definition of retard

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment :  impede

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo retardation

retarder

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Examples of retard in a Sentence

  1. The chemical will retard the spread of fire.

  2. The problems have retarded the progress of the program.

Origin and Etymology of retard

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French retarder, from Latin retardare, from re- + tardus slow

Synonym Discussion of retard

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival. bad weather delayed our arrival retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping. language barriers retarded their progress slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention medication slowed the patient's heart rate, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort. on hot days runners slacken their pace detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time. unexpected business had detained her

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retard

noun re·tard

Definition of retard

  1. 1play \ri-ˈtärd\ :  a holding back or slowing down :  retardation

  2. 2play \ˈrē-ˌtärd\ offensive :  a person affected wtih mental retardation

  3. 3\ˈrē-ˌtärd\ informal, usually offensive :  a foolish or stupid person

1668

First Known Use of retard

1668


RETARD Defined for English Language Learners

retard

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Definition of retard for English Language Learners

  • : to slow down the development or progress of (something)


RETARD Defined for Kids

retard

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verb re·tard \ri-ˈtärd\

Definition of retard for Students

retarded

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retarding

  1. :  to slow down :  delay Bad weather retarded our progress.


Medical Dictionary

retard

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transitive verb re·tard \ri-ˈtärd\

Medical Definition of retard

  1. :  to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or development retard spoilage retard hair loss


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