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Meaning of TEMPORIZE

Pronunciation:  'tempu`rIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"
 

TEMPORIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: temporise
 
 See Also: draw out, extend, prolong, protract

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tem"po*rize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Temporized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Temporizing}.] [F. temporiser. See {Temporal}
of time.]
1. To comply with the time or occasion; to humor, or yield
   to, the current of opinion or circumstances; also, to
   trim, as between two parties.

         They might their grievance inwardly complain, But
         outwardly they needs must temporize.  --Daniel.

2. To delay; to procrastinate. [R.] --Bacon.

3. To comply; to agree. [Obs.] --Shak.

 

 

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