retard
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ɹɪˈtɑː(ɹ)d/
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈɹiːtɑː(ɹ)d/
Noun

retard (plural retards)

  1. Retardation; delay.
  2. (music) A slowing down of the tempo; a ritardando.
  3. (offensive, dated) A person with mental retardation.
    The retard in our class needs special help.
  4. (informal, offensive) An extremely stupid person, or one who is slow to learn.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: retardé
  • Italian: ritardato mentale
  • Russian: деби́л
Translations Verb

retard (retards, present participle retarding; past and past participle retarded)

  1. (transitive) To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress
    retard the march of an army
    retard the motion of a ship
    Synonyms: impede, hinder, hold up
  2. (transitive) To put off; to postpone.
    to retard the attacks of old age
    to retard a rupture between nations
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be slow or dilatory to perform (something).
  4. (intransitive) To decelerate; to slow down.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To stay back.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • German: verhindern
  • Russian: заде́рживать
Translations Translations


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