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e·quiv·o·cate

 (ĭ-kwĭv′ə-kāt′)
intr.v. e·quiv·o·cat·ed, e·quiv·o·cat·ing, e·quiv·o·cates
To use equivocal language to deceive someone or avoid committing oneself to a position. See Synonyms at lie2.

[Middle English equivocaten, from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, aequivocāt-, from Late Latin aequivocus, equivocal; see equivocal.]

e·quiv′o·ca′tor n.

equivocate

(ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt)
vb
(intr) to use vague or ambiguous language, esp in order to avoid speaking directly or honestly; hedge
[C15: from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, from Late Latin aequivocus ambiguous, equivocal]
eˈquivoˌcatingly adv
eˈquivoˌcator n
eˈquivocatory adj

e•quiv•o•cate

(ɪˈkwɪv əˌkeɪt)

v.i. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usu. to mislead or to avoid commitment; hedge.
[1375–1425; < Medieval Latin aequivocātus, past participle of aequivocāre; see equivocal, -ate1]
e•quiv′o•cat`ing•ly, adv.
e•quiv′o•ca`tor, n.

equivocate


Past participle: equivocated
Gerund: equivocating

Imperative
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Present
I equivocate
you equivocate
he/she/it equivocates
we equivocate
you equivocate
they equivocate
Preterite
I equivocated
you equivocated
he/she/it equivocated
we equivocated
you equivocated
they equivocated
Present Continuous
I am equivocating
you are equivocating
he/she/it is equivocating
we are equivocating
you are equivocating
they are equivocating
Present Perfect
I have equivocated
you have equivocated
he/she/it has equivocated
we have equivocated
you have equivocated
they have equivocated
Past Continuous
I was equivocating
you were equivocating
he/she/it was equivocating
we were equivocating
you were equivocating
they were equivocating
Past Perfect
I had equivocated
you had equivocated
he/she/it had equivocated
we had equivocated
you had equivocated
they had equivocated
Future
I will equivocate
you will equivocate
he/she/it will equivocate
we will equivocate
you will equivocate
they will equivocate
Future Perfect
I will have equivocated
you will have equivocated
he/she/it will have equivocated
we will have equivocated
you will have equivocated
they will have equivocated
Future Continuous
I will be equivocating
you will be equivocating
he/she/it will be equivocating
we will be equivocating
you will be equivocating
they will be equivocating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been equivocating
you have been equivocating
he/she/it has been equivocating
we have been equivocating
you have been equivocating
they have been equivocating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been equivocating
you will have been equivocating
he/she/it will have been equivocating
we will have been equivocating
you will have been equivocating
they will have been equivocating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been equivocating
you had been equivocating
he/she/it had been equivocating
we had been equivocating
you had been equivocating
they had been equivocating
Conditional
I would equivocate
you would equivocate
he/she/it would equivocate
we would equivocate
you would equivocate
they would equivocate
Past Conditional
I would have equivocated
you would have equivocated
he/she/it would have equivocated
we would have equivocated
you would have equivocated
they would have equivocated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.equivocate - be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to

equivocate

verb be evasive, evade, dodge, parry, fence, hedge, shuffle, fudge, flannel (Brit. informal), sidestep, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), quibble, prevaricate, pussyfoot (informal), avoid the issue, beat about the bush (informal), tergiversate He is equivocating a lot about what is going to happen at the next election.

equivocate

verb
1. To use evasive or deliberately vague language:
Informal: pussyfoot, waffle.
2. To stray from truthfulness or sincerity:
Translations

equivocate

[ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt] VIser evasivo

equivocate

[ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt] vi (= be evasive) → user de faux-fuyants
to equivocate about sth → parler de qch de façon équivoque

equivocate

equivocate

[ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt] viesprimersi in modo equivoco
References in classic literature ?
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