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re·tard 1  (r-t?rd)
v. re·tard·ed, re·tard·ing, re·tards
To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede.
To be delayed.
1. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay.
2. Music A slackening of tempo.

[Middle English retarden, from Old French retarder, from Latin retardre : re-, re- + tardre, to delay (from tardus, slow).]

re·tarder n.

re·tard 2  (rt?rd)
n. Offensive Slang
1. Used as a disparaging term for a mentally retarded person.
2. A person considered to be foolish or socially inept.

[Short for retarded.]

retard    v. [T] /rtrd/ to slow s.t., hold it back: Lack of good food retarded the boys growth.
n.pej. /ritrd/ a mentally handicapped person retard

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