Adjective "retard" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Delay or hold back in terms of progress or development.
  1. 'Thomison notes, ‘Excess moisture during the early vegetative stages retards corn root development and can kill the deepest roots.’'
  2. 'Generally, any stress condition that retards plant growth may increase prussic acid levels in plants.'
  3. 'Social scientists have been examining ways to increase community support for local agriculture and local foods and to retard the loss of agricultural space and renew our connection with the local agro-food system.'
  4. 'Such gatekeeping makes no sense for genes expressed in fetal development or childhood, but genetic constructs that retard the onset of aging or protect us from adult cancers might come into play later in life.'
  5. 'But the coconut oil roast also leaves a layer of fat or oil on the outside surface of the nut to retard moisture migration and sogginess of the nut while the ice cream product is in the freezer case.'
  6. 'In addition, diuretics can be effective in retarding osteoporosis in postmenopausal patients.'
  7. 'In exchange, she will give him the secret to rejuvenation: when the powder is mixed with another ingredient, it not only retards the aging process, but reverses it completely.'
  8. 'A new gas-based fire-protection system has also been installed, which reduces the level of oxygen in the room to retard a fire.'
  9. 'More important, the backlash against genetically modified foods is fading as new studies ease fears about the health and environmental effects of such crops, though serious obstacles still retard their potential abroad.'
  10. '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.'


A person who has a mental disability (often used as a general term of abuse).

    More definitions

    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. verb (used without object)

    2. to be delayed. noun

    3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.

    4. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.

    5. Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in t

    More examples(as adjective)

    "trial judge ruleds can be retard."

    "supervisions can be retard."

    "judges can be retard."

    "guidances can be retard."


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


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