Hold back and Retard

Hold back

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Hold back verb – To create difficulty for the work or activity of.
Usage example: the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation

Retard is a synonym for hold back in restrain topic. In some cases you can use "Retard" instead a verb "Hold back".
Synonyms for Hold back

Retard

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Retard verb – To cause to move or proceed at a less rapid pace.
Usage example: an herbicide to retard the growth of weeds

Hold back is a synonym for retard in delay topic. You can use "Hold back" instead a verb "Retard", if it concerns topics such as hinder, restrain.
Synonyms for Retard
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