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ritenuto

[ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw] /ˌri təˈnu toʊ; Italian ˌri tɛˈnu tɔ/
adverb, adjective
1.
(of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere; see retain
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British Dictionary definitions for ritenuto

ritenuto

/ˌrɪtəˈnuːtəʊ/
adjective, adverb (music)
1.
held back momentarily
2.
another term for rallentando
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Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back
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