verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.
Origin of temporize
Examples from the Web for temporize
The time to temporize and feel timid over the game situation has gone by.Our Vanishing Wild Life|William T. Hornaday
He recognized the force of Schindelberger's argument and deemed it the part of discretion to temporize with his mortgagees.The Competitive Nephew|Montague Glass
I shall never give you up; but I am convinced that our only course is to temporize.Freezing a Mother-in-Law|Thomas Edgar Pemberton
He must temporize, but he made up his mind that those who had revolted from his authority would pay dearly for it sooner or later.Baseball Joe on the School Nine|Lester Chadwick
"I have not thought about that matter yet," she said, determined to temporize with the wretch, and gain a few days' respite.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
British Dictionary definitions for temporize
Word Origin for temporize
Word Origin and History 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.