1. Retardation; delay.
  2. A person with mental retardation.
    Do all retards have a low I.Q.?
  3. A stupid person, or one who is slow to learn.


  1. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder
    retard the march of an army
    retard the motion of a ship
  2. To put off; to postpone.
    to retard the attacks of old age
    to retard a rupture between nations
  3. To be slow or dilatory to perform (something).
  4. To decelerate; to slow down.
  5. To stay back.

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