To detain is defined as to keep someone somewhere or cause someone to be unable to proceed.
To prevent the flow or passage of:
To stop, halt, or check
To retard is to prevent progress or growth.
To put off doing (something unpleasant or burdensome) until a future time; esp., to postpone (such actions) habitually
Check means to test, examine, compare or inspect something to see if it is as it should be.
To employ delaying tactics:
So as to fall behind the correct time or rate:
(Sports) In golf, to hit (a putt) so that it stops a short way from the hole and can then be tapped in.
To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy.
Hesitate is defined as to pause before deciding, acting or speaking.
To proceed slowly; saunter:
To move (an icon), esp. by means of a mouse, in such a way that its course can be followed
To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
To be a waiter or waitress at:
To cease for a period; delay.
To shelve is to put something, especially books, onto a shelf or resting place, or to put something aside.
To cause or arrange for (an event) to take place at a time later than the time at which it was originally supposed to happen.
(Football) To advance the ball or attempt to advance the ball from scrimmage by carrying it rather than passing.
To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
To increase the speed or rate of; accelerate. Often used with up:
To hinder is defined as to restrain or hold something back.
To make or become weak or weaker
To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver:
To give temporary compliance or agreement, evade immediate decision, etc., so as to gain time or avoid argument
To make suitable, desirable, or free from excess by mingling with something else; reduce in intensity, esp. by the admixture of some other quality; moderate; assuage; mollify
To reprieve is to provide temporary or permanent relief from punishment.
Protract is to extend something or drag something out.
To prolong is to make something last longer.
To stop or keep (from doing something)
To block or stop up (a passage) with obstacles or impediments; dam; clog
The definition of dither is to be confused.
To waste time in hesitation or vacillation; loiter or dawdle
To deter is defined as to keep someone from completing an action by giving them fear or doubt.
(--- Psychology) To fail to remember.
To stop; check.
To fill in such a way as to obstruct; block up; obstruct
To prevent from breathing by blocking the windpipe; suffocate; smother; stifle; often, specif., to prevent from breathing by squeezing the throat of; strangle
To make or become slower; slow down:
To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound.
To put aside indefinitely, as if intending to ignore or forget; shelve
To keep out; exclude
To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
To keep within certain limits; put certain limitations on; confine
To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way.
To repress is to suppress something such as a thought, feeling or emotion.
To keep in check; restrain:
To prevent or try to prevent by disapproving or raising objections or obstacles
To keep from departing or getting away:
To maintain records in:
To fill with obstructions or with thick, sticky matter; stop up; jam
To keep from moving or acting freely; hinder; impede; encumber
To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
To proceed in a slow or lazy manner; putter:
Encourage is defined as to give someone hope, confidence or support.
To go, progress, or develop faster
To help the progress of; promote.
To speed up; accelerate:
Facilitate is defined as to make something easier.
To speed up or make easy the progress or action of; hasten; facilitate
(Intransitive) To move with haste.
(Computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (often with to).
(Rare) To move in time; keep time
In a dissipated, immoderate way:
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