Temporize Definition

temporized, temporizes, temporizing
temporized, temporizing
To suit one's actions to the time, occasion, or circumstances, without reference to principle.
Webster's New World
To give temporary compliance or agreement, evade immediate decision, etc., so as to gain time or avoid argument.
Webster's New World
To parley or deal (with a person, etc.) so as to gain time.
Webster's New World
To say or utter in temporizing.
American Heritage
To effect a compromise (with a person, etc., or between persons or parties); negotiate.
Webster's New World

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

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