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Definition 1: a person of subnormal intelligence - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for retard in the sense of this definition

(retard is a kind of ...) a person lacking intelligence or common sense

(... is a kind of retard ) a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense, now considered offensive)

Definition 2: lose velocity; move more slowly - [verb of change]

Samples where retard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car decelerated

Synonyms for retard in the sense of this definition

(retard is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

(... is a kind of retard ) cause to proceed more slowly

"The illness slowed him down"

(... is a kind of retard ) cause to be slowed down or delayed

"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather" "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

Definition 3: cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate - [verb of change]

Samples where retard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This drug will retard your heart rate

(retard is a kind of ...) reduce the speed of

"He slowed down the car"

(... is a kind of retard ) lessen the momentum or velocity of

"deaden a ship's headway"

Definition 4: slow the growth or development of - [verb of change]

Samples where retard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The brain damage will retard the child's language development

Synonyms for retard in the sense of this definition

(retard is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of retard ) check; keep in check (a fire)

(... is a kind of retard ) stop or halt

"Please stay the bloodshed!"

Definition 5: be delayed - [verb of stative]

(retard is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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