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retard Syllabification: re·tard

Definition of retard in English:


Pronunciation: /riˈtärd/
[with object]
Delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment: his progress was retarded by his limp
More example sentences
  • He said the slow pace at which the deal was being negotiated was retarding the development of the park, which he said had remained closed to tourists for sometime.
  • Famously, Forster accused the educational systems of the time of retarding the emotional development of schoolboys.
  • Restrictive legislation could retard the development of technology and slow the growth of electronic commerce.
delay, slow down, slow up, hold back, hold up, set back, postpone, put back, detain, decelerate;
hinder, hamper, obstruct, inhibit, impede, check, restrain, restrict, trammel
literary stay


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌtärd/
informal, offensive Back to top  
A mentally handicapped person (often used as a general term of abuse).
Example sentences
  • I sat down on the table, feeling like a jerk and a retard for believing a pretty girl again.
  • I immediately stopped smiling - yes, I was a retard to ever be smiling at this madman - and jerked my wrist away from his grasp, sprinting straight out the door and grabbed my heavy bag.
  • Thrice fooled and I'm a complete retard, she thought to herself.


Pronunciation: /rəˈtärdər/
Example sentences
  • Also, since air retarders and vapor diffusion retarders serve different functions and have distinct characteristics, it may be more practical to install them as separate systems.
  • The drivers are taught to use engine retarders instead of brakes, and if they have to use the brakes, to tap them lightly.
  • Contractors are also encouraged to use evaporation retarders when weather conditions could cause excessive water evaporation from the slab.
( rare)
Example sentences
  • The lining not only forms a decorative finish to the hull but also acts as a very good fire retardment.
  • It is shown that there is a direct relationship between spring retardment (Φ) and the neap to spring ratio.


Late 15th century: from French retarder, from Latin retardare, from re- 'back' + tardus 'slow'.

Words that rhyme with retard

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