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re·tard 1

 (rĭ-tärd′)
v. re·tard·ed, re·tard·ing, re·tards
v.tr.
To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede.
v.intr.
To be delayed.
n.
1. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay.
2. Music A slackening of tempo.

[Middle English retarden, from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre : re-, re- + tardāre, to delay (from tardus, slow).]

re·tard′er n.

re·tard 2

 (rē′tärd′)
n. Offensive Slang
1. Used as a disparaging term for a person who is mentally disabled.
2. A person considered to be foolish or socially inept.

[Short for retarded.]

retard

vb
(tr) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
n
1. offensive US a person with learning difficulties
2. offensive US a foolish person
[C15: from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre, from re- + tardāre to make slow, from tardus sluggish; see tardy]

re•tard

(rɪˈtɑrd for 1-3, 5; ˈri tɑrd for 4 )

v.t.
1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of; hinder.
v.i.
2. to be delayed.
n.
3. retardation; delay.
4. Slang: Disparaging.
a. a mentally retarded person.
b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective.
5. an adjustment to the distributor of an internal-combustion engine that causes the spark for ignition to be generated later in the cycle. Compare advance (def. 22).
[1480–90; < Latin retardāre to delay, protract = re- re- + tardāre to loiter, be slow, derivative of tardus slow; compare tardy]
usage: Definitions 4a and 4b are used with disparaging intent, esp. by children.

retard


Past participle: retarded
Gerund: retarding

Imperative
retard
retard
Present
I retard
you retard
he/she/it retards
we retard
you retard
they retard
Preterite
I retarded
you retarded
he/she/it retarded
we retarded
you retarded
they retarded
Present Continuous
I am retarding
you are retarding
he/she/it is retarding
we are retarding
you are retarding
they are retarding
Present Perfect
I have retarded
you have retarded
he/she/it has retarded
we have retarded
you have retarded
they have retarded
Past Continuous
I was retarding
you were retarding
he/she/it was retarding
we were retarding
you were retarding
they were retarding
Past Perfect
I had retarded
you had retarded
he/she/it had retarded
we had retarded
you had retarded
they had retarded
Future
I will retard
you will retard
he/she/it will retard
we will retard
you will retard
they will retard
Future Perfect
I will have retarded
you will have retarded
he/she/it will have retarded
we will have retarded
you will have retarded
they will have retarded
Future Continuous
I will be retarding
you will be retarding
he/she/it will be retarding
we will be retarding
you will be retarding
they will be retarding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retarding
you have been retarding
he/she/it has been retarding
we have been retarding
you have been retarding
they have been retarding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retarding
you will have been retarding
he/she/it will have been retarding
we will have been retarding
you will have been retarding
they will have been retarding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retarding
you had been retarding
he/she/it had been retarding
we had been retarding
you had been retarding
they had been retarding
Conditional
I would retard
you would retard
he/she/it would retard
we would retard
you would retard
they would retard
Past Conditional
I would have retarded
you would have retarded
he/she/it would have retarded
we would have retarded
you would have retarded
they would have retarded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retard - a person of subnormal intelligenceretard - a person of subnormal intelligence  
mongoloid - a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
Verb1.retard - cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate; "This drug will retard your heart rate"
decelerate, slow down - reduce the speed of; "He slowed down the car"
deaden - lessen the momentum or velocity of; "deaden a ship's headway"
2.retard - be delayed
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
3.retard - slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
dampen - check; keep in check (a fire)
detain, delay, stay - stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
4.retard - lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
slow up, slow, slow down - cause to proceed more slowly; "The illness slowed him down"
delay, detain, hold up - cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

retard

verb slow down, check, arrest, delay, handicap, stall, brake, detain, defer, clog, hinder, obstruct, impede, set back, encumber, decelerate, hold back or up Continuing violence will retard negotiations.
advance, stimulate, accelerate, speed up, hasten, expedite

retard

verb
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
Translations
يُعيق، يُعَرْقِل
zpomalit
sinke
hidastaahidasteidioottijarruttaavähä-älyinen
késleltet
seinka, tefja
sulėtinimassulėtinti
aizkavētkavētkavētiespalēninātpalēnināties
geciktirmek

retard

[rɪˈtɑːd]
A. VTretardar, retrasar
B. [ˈriːtɑːd] N (US) → atrasado/a m/f mental

retard

[ˈriːtɑːrd] n (offensive) (mainly US) (= half-wit) → demeuré(e) m/f

retard

vt developmentverlangsamen, verzögern; explosionverzögern; (Aut) ignitionverzögern; (Biol, Phys) → retardieren
n (pej sl: = handicapped person) → Spasti m (sl), → Behindi m (sl)

retard

[riˈtɑːd] vtritardare

retard

(rəˈtaːd) verb
to make slower or later. The country's economic progress was retarded by strikes; The baby's development was retarded by an accident he had shortly after birth.
ˌretarˈdation (riːtaː-) noun
reˈtarded adjective
a mentally retarded child.
References in classic literature ?
For some singular reason, an impression seemed to reign among the servants generally that Missis would not be particularly disobliged by delay; and it was wonderful what a number of counter accidents occurred constantly, to retard the course of things.
But when society is the name for such hollow gentlemen and ladies, Julia, and when its breeding is professed indifference to everything that can advance or can retard mankind, I think we must have lost ourselves in that same Desert of Sahara, and had better find the way out.
Let it be as thou wilt,'' said Rebecca, ``when eight days have passed away; but think not, and speak not now, of aught that may retard thy recovery.
As the figure moved like clockwork, however, and could neither hasten his enormous strides nor retard them, he arrived at the port when they were just beyond the reach of his club.
Struck by the circumstance, and not perceiving any new impediment to retard her footstep, the youth made a tender of his assistance.
These reflections were the only impediments which were able to retard the progress of D'Artagnan.
Hunt was obliged to retard his pace, that they might keep up with him.
Many circumstances combined to retard the wounded traveller in his way to the frontiers.
Aramis was astonished at that lightness of character which permitted this serious man to retard with advantage the moment for more important conversation, to which nobody made any allusion, although all three interlocutors felt its imminence.
He evidently believes that the man clinging to his mane is attempting to restrain him from overtaking his prey, and so he pays no attention to this enemy, who, of course, does not retard the mighty charge in the least.