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temporize

[ tem-puh-rahyz ]
/ 藞t蓻m p蓹藢ra瑟z /
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verb (used without object), tem路po路rized, tem路po路riz路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).
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Also especially British, tem路po路rise .

Origin of temporize

First recorded in 1570鈥80; from Middle French temporiser 鈥渢o wait one's time,鈥 from Medieval Latin temporiz膩re 鈥渢o put off the time, hang back, delay,鈥 equivalent to Latin tempor- (stem of tempus ) 鈥渢ime鈥 + Late Latin -iz膩re -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM temporize

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH temporize

temporalize, temporize
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British Dictionary definitions for temporize

temporize

temporise

/ (藞t蓻mp蓹藢ra瑟z) /

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 forms of temporize

temporization or temporisation, nountemporizer or temporiser, noun

Word Origin for temporize

C16: from French temporiser, from Medieval Latin temporiz膩re, from Latin tempus time
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