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ritardando

[ ree-tahr-dahn-doh; Italian ree-tahr-dahn-daw ]
/ ˌri tɑrˈdɑn doʊ; Italian ˌri tɑrˈdɑn dɔ /
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adjective, adverb Music.
becoming gradually slower.
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Origin of ritardando

1805–15; <Italian, gerund of ritardare;see retard
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British Dictionary definitions for ritardando

ritardando
/ (ˌrɪtɑːˈdændəʊ) /

adjective, adverb
another term for rallentando Abbreviation: rit

Word Origin for ritardando

C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down
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