V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to slow or hold back the growth or development of something

Synonyms: slow, stunt, delay, impede, obstruct, impair

Antonyms: speed, hasten, help

Tips: The verb retard means "to slow progress" and originates from the Latin word tardus, "slow," which is also the origin of the word tardy. The noun retardant refers to something that slows growth. For example, fire retardant is used to slow the spread of wild fires.

Usage Examples:

Our plans have been retarded by budget cuts. (stunted, delayed, impaired)

Is there any way to retard the growth of this tumor? (slow, impair)

Economists fear higher interest rates will retard economic growth. (slow, stunt)

My broken ankle retarded my training for the marathon, so I'm not prepared to compete this year. (stunted, impeded, impaired)

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