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Meaning of TEMPORIZE

Pronunciation:  'tempu`rIz

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.