Temporize meaning

tĕmpə-rīz
To effect a compromise (with a person, etc., or between persons or parties); negotiate.
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To deliberately act evasively or prolong a discussion in order to gain time or postpone a decision, sometimes in order to reach a compromise or simply to make a conversation more temperate.
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To act or speak in order to gain time, avoid an argument, or postpone a decision.
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To act to suit current circumstances or necessities.
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To say or utter in temporizing.
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To suit one's actions to the time, occasion, or circumstances, without reference to principle.
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Origin of temporize

  • French temporiser from Old French from Medieval Latin temporizāre to pass one's time from Latin tempus tempor- time

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Clipping of temperate +"Ž -ize.

    From Wiktionary