I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French retarder, from Latin retardare, from re- + tardus slow Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment ; impede 2. to delay academic progress by failure to promote intransitive verb to undergo retardation Synonyms: see delayretarder noun II. noun Date: 1788 1. a holding back or slowing down ; retardation 2. often offensive a retarded person; also a person held to resemble a retarded person in behavior

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  • retard — RETÁRD, retarde, adj. (Despre medicamente) A cărui acţiune este prelungită prin adăugarea unor substanţe care se resorb lent în organism. – Din fr. rétard. Trimis de LauraGellner, 08.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  retárd s. n. Trimis de siveco,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Retard — Re*tard , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retarding}.] [L. retardare, retardatum; pref. re re + tardare to make slow, to delay, fr. tardus slow: cf. F. retarder. See {Tardy}.] 1. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retard — Re*tard , n. 1. Retardation; delay. [1913 Webster] 2. A mentally retarded person. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC] 3. a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC] {Retard of the tide}, or {Age… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retard — m. retard …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • Retard — Re*tard , v. i. To stay back. [Obs.] Sir. T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retard — (franz., spr. rötār, »Verzögerung«), s. Avance …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Retard — (frz., spr. ahr), s. Avance …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • retard — I (delay) verb check, countercheck, defer, detain, ease off, hamper, hinder, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere, procrastinate, stall, stem II (obstruct) verb arrest, bar, block, check, clog, condemn, constrict, control, cramp, curb, debar,… …   Law dictionary

  • retard — (v.) late 15c., from Fr. retarder (13c.), from L. retardare (see RETARDATION (Cf. retardation)). The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense retardation, delay; from 1970 in offensive meaning retarded person, originally Amer.Eng., with accent on… …   Etymology dictionary

  • retard — *delay, slow, slacken, detain Analogous words: reduce, lessen, *decrease: *arrest, check, interrupt: clog, fetter, *hamper: balk, baffle (see FRUSTRATE) Antonyms: accelerate: advance, further …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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