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.
intransitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
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
- To use equivocal language in an attempt to mislead. See Synonyms at lie2.
- To speak or write in an indecisive or noncommittal manner.
Origin of equivocateMiddle English equivocaten from Medieval Latin aequivocāre aequivocāt- 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.