temporize

[ tem-puh-rahyz ]
/ ˈtɛm pəˌraɪz /
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verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.

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).

Nearby words

  1. temporary duty,
  2. temporary hardness,
  3. temporary life annuity,
  4. temporary parasite,
  5. temporary tooth,
  6. temporo-,
  7. temporomandibular,
  8. temporomandibular joint,
  9. temporomandibular joint dysfunction,
  10. temporomandibular joint syndrome

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

SYNONYMS FOR temporize
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Can be confusedtemporalize temporize

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British Dictionary definitions for temporization

temporize

temporise

/ (ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz) /

verb (intr)

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
Derived Formstemporization or temporisation, nountemporizer or temporiser, noun

Word Origin for temporize

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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