Etymology
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ritardando (adv.)

in music, "becoming gradually slower," 1811, from Italian, present participle of ritardare "to slow down," from Latin retardare "to make slow" (see retardation). The Italian plural is ritardandi.

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Definitions of ritardando

ritardando (adj.)
(music) gradually decreasing in tempo;
Synonyms: rallentando / ritenuto / rit.
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