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equivocate

[ ih-kwiv-uh-keyt ]
/ 瑟藞kw瑟v 蓹藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used without object), e路quiv路o路cat路ed, e路quiv路o路cat路ing.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge: When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
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Origin of equivocate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin aequivoc膩tus, past participle of aequivoc膩re;see equivocal, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for equivocate

equivocate
/ (瑟藞kw瑟v蓹藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge

Derived forms of equivocate

equivocatingly, adverbequivocator, nounequivocatory, adjective

Word Origin for equivocate

C15: from Medieval Latin aequivoc膩re, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal
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