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 prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder; as, to retard the march of an army; to retard the motion of a ship; -- opposed to {accelerate}. [1913 Webster]

2. To put off; to postpone; as, to retard the attacks of old age; to retard a rupture between nations. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To impede; hinder; obstruct; detain; delay; procrastinate; postpone; defer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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