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Meaning of EQUIVOCATE

Pronunciation:  i'kwivu`keyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
 

EQUIVOCATE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: palter, prevaricate, tergiversate
 
 See Also: misinform, mislead

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \E*quiv"o*cate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Equivocated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Equivocating}.] [L. aequivocatus, p. p. of
    aequivocari to be called by the same name, fr. L. aequivocus:
    cf. F. ['e]quivoquer. See {Equivocal}, a.]
    To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to
    express one's opinions in terms which admit of different
    senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions
    with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of
    duplicity.
    
          All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed
          he meant to equivocate.                  --Bp.
                                                   Stillingfleet.
    
    Syn: To prevaricate; evade; shuffle; quibble. See
         {Prevaricate}.
    
    
  2. \E*quiv"o*cate\, v. t.
    To render equivocal or ambiguous.
    
          He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. --Sir
                                                   G. Buck.
    
    
 
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