- to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
- to comply with the time or occasion; yield temporarily or ostensibly to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
- to treat or parley so as to gain time (usually followed by with).
- to come to terms (usually followed by with).
- to effect a compromise (usually followed by between).
Origin of temporize
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Examples from the Web for temporise
But they desired to temporise;—and then how was the enquiry to be made?Is He Popenjoy?
In vain, according to his wont, did he again attempt to temporise.Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)
She began to temporise, hoping to conquer his resistance later.The Princess And The Jewel Doctor
However, it is better to temporise than to risk all and lose all.The Bishop's Secret
Even then I had to temporise, for he turned impatiently away.Charge!
George Manville Fenn
- to delay, act evasively, or protract a discussion, negotiation, etc, esp in order to gain time or effect a compromise
- to adapt oneself to the circumstances or occasion, as by temporary or apparent agreement
Word Origin and History for temporise
1550s (implied in temporizer), from Middle French temporiser "to pass one's time, wait one's time" (14c.), from Medieval Latin temporizare "pass time," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *temporare "to delay," from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Related: Temporized; temporizing.