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retardate Syllabification: re·tar·date
Pronunciation: /rəˈtärˌdāt/

Definition of retardate in English:


North American , dated or offensive
A mentally handicapped person.


1950s: from Latin retardat- 'slowed down', from the verb retardare (see retard).

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