- Present participle of temporize.
Variant of temporize
intransitive verbtemporized, temporizing
- 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