|1.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||rush decelerate buy_time stall stonewall catch|
|2.||[ verb ] act later than planned, scheduled, or required|
"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
|Related terms:||wait hesitate postpone procrastinate procrastinate|
|3.||[ verb ] stop or halt|
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
|4.||[ noun ] time during which some action is awaited|
|Synonyms:||wait time_lag postponement hold|
"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"
|Related terms:||pause extension moratorium retardation wait check|
|5.||[ noun ] the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time|
|Related terms:||inactivity gap dalliance procrastination slowdown filibuster forbearance tarrying postponement demurrage|
|6.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10104|
|7.||[ verb ] slow the growth or development of|
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
|Related terms:||change stay dampen retardation|