[ pri-var-i-keyt ]
/ pr瑟藞v忙r 瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used without object), pre路var路i路cat路ed, pre路var路i路cat路ing.
to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of prevaricate

1575鈥85; <Latin praev膩ric膩tus, past participle of praev膩ric膩r墨 to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate, equivalent to prae-pre- + v膩ric膩re to straddle, derivative of v膩rus bent outwards, bow-legged

OTHER WORDS FROM prevaricate

pre路var路i路ca路tion, nounpre路var路i路ca路tive, pre路var路i路ca路to路ry [pri-var-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /pr瑟藞v忙r 瑟 k蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjectiveun路pre路var路i路cat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prevaricate

/ (pr瑟藞v忙r瑟藢ke瑟t) /

(intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive

Derived forms of prevaricate

prevarication, nounprevaricator, noun

Word Origin for prevaricate

C16: from Latin praev膩ric膩r墨 to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + v膩ricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin v膩rus bent
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