[ ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw ]
/ ˌri təˈnu toʊ; Italian ˌri tɛˈnu tɔ /
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(of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of ritenuto
1820–30; <Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere;see retain
Words nearby ritenuto
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British Dictionary definitions for ritenuto
/ (ˌrɪtəˈnuːtəʊ) /
adjective, adverb music
held back momentarily
another term for rallentando
Word Origin for ritenuto
C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back
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