- to suit one's actions to the time, occasion, or circumstances, without reference to principle
- to give temporary compliance or agreement, evade immediate decision, etc., so as to gain time or avoid argument
- to parley or deal (with a person, etc.) so as to gain time
- to effect a compromise (with a person, etc., or between persons or parties); negotiate
Origin of temporizeFrench temporiser ; from Medieval Latin temporizare ; from Classical Latin tempus, time: see temper
verbtem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing, tem·po·riz·es
- To act or speak in order to gain time, avoid an argument, or postpone a decision: “Colonial officials &ellipsis; ordered to enforce unpopular enactments, tended to temporize, to find excuses for evasion” (J.H. Parry).
- To act to suit current circumstances or necessities: “When an evil has sprung up within a state, the more certain remedy by far is to temporize with it” (Brian Moore).
Origin of temporizeFrench temporiser, from Old French, from Medieval Latin temporizare, to pass one's time, from Latin tempus, tempor-, time.
(third-person singular simple present temporizes, present participle temporizing, simple past and past participle temporized)
Clipping of temperate +"Ž -ize.