verb (used without object),e·quiv·o·cat·ed,e·quiv·o·cat·ing.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge: When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
Origin of equivocate
1375–1425;late Middle English < Medieval Latinaequivocātus, past participle of aequivocāre; see equivocal, -ate1
Related formse·quiv·o·cat·ing·ly, adverbe·quiv·o·ca·tor, nounnon·e·quiv·o·cat·ing, adjectiveout·e·quiv·o·cate, verb (used with object),out·e·quiv·o·cat·ed,out·e·quiv·o·cat·ing.un·e·quiv·o·cat·ing, adjective