An example of equivocate is a teenage girl telling her parents she's staying the night at a friend's house, when really she's staying at her boyfriend's house.
Origin of equivocateMiddle English equivocaten ; from Medieval Latin aequivocatus, past participle of aequivocari, to have the same sound ; from Late Latin aequivocus, of like sound ; from Classical Latin aequus (see equal) + vox, voice
intransitive verbe·quiv·o·cat·ed, e·quiv·o·cat·ing, e·quiv·o·cates
Origin of equivocateMiddle English equivocaten, from Medieval Latin aequivocare, aequivocat-, from Late Latin aequivocus, equivocal; see equivocal.
(third-person singular simple present equivocates, present participle equivocating, simple past and past participle equivocated)
- (intransitive) 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. -Edward Stillingfleet.
- To render equivocal or ambiguous.
- He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. -George Buck.