verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.
Origin of temporize
Synonyms for temporize
Examples from the Web for temporize
Historical Examples of temporize
She was anxious to temporize, for she did not see how to answer her appeal.Weighed and Wanting
They might temporize with their own consciences, but not with public opinion.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It is hard to temporize when confronted with a businesslike silence.
She tried to temporize, but the more she eluded him the more insistent he became.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
Thus Blake tried to temporize, so that he might think what was best to do.The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast
Word Origin for temporize
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.