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temporize

[tem-puh-rahyz]
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verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.
  1. to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
  2. to comply with the time or occasion; yield temporarily or ostensibly to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
  3. to treat or parley so as to gain time (usually followed by with).
  4. to come to terms (usually followed by with).
  5. to effect a compromise (usually followed by between).
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Also especially British, tem·po·rise.

Origin of temporize

1570–80; < Medieval Latin temporizāre to hang back, delay, equivalent to Latin tempor- (stem of tempus) time + Medieval Latin -izāre -ize
Related formstem·po·ri·za·tion, nountem·po·riz·er, nountem·po·riz·ing·ly, adverbnon·tem·po·riz·ing, adjectivenon·tem·po·riz·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtemporalize temporize

Synonyms

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1. hedge, stall, equivocate.
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Examples from the Web for temporization

Historical Examples

  • Consequently she had recourse to temporization for present safety.

    Belford's Magazine, Vol II, No. 10, March 1889

    Various

  • Then, too, a temporization to one who is young means eternity.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman


British Dictionary definitions for temporization

temporize

temporise

verb (intr)
  1. to delay, act evasively, or protract a discussion, negotiation, etc, esp in order to gain time or effect a compromise
  2. to adapt oneself to the circumstances or occasion, as by temporary or apparent agreement
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Derived Formstemporization or temporisation, nountemporizer or temporiser, noun

Word Origin

C16: from French temporiser, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, from Latin tempus time
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Word Origin and History for temporization

temporize

v.

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.

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