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pre·var·i·cate

 (prĭ-văr′ĭ-kāt′)
v. pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates
v.intr.
1. To speak or write evasively; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. To behave in an evasive or indecisive manner, usually in delay: "For months, Lennox prevaricated but at last ... he accepted the inevitable and left Scotland for France" (Magnus Magnusson).
v.tr.
To utter or say in an evasive manner.

[Latin praevāricārī, praevāricāt-, to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) : prae-, pre- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vāricus, straddling, from vārus, bow-legged, bandy).]

pre·var′i·ca′tion n.
pre·var′i·ca′tor n.

prevaricate

(prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
vb
(intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
[C16: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent]
preˌvariˈcation n
preˈvariˌcator n

pre•var•i•cate

(prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt)

v.i. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to speak falsely, misleadingly, or so as to avoid the truth; deliberately misstate; equivocate; lie.
[1575–85; < Latin praevāricātus, past participle of praevāricārī to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate]
pre•var`i•ca′tion, n.
pre•var′i•ca`tor, n.

prevaricate


Past participle: prevaricated
Gerund: prevaricating

Imperative
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prevaricate - be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to

prevaricate

verb evade, lie, shift, hedge, shuffle, dodge, deceive, flannel (Brit. informal), quibble, beg the question, beat about the bush, cavil, equivocate, stretch the truth, palter, give a false colour to British ministers continued to prevaricate on the issue.
be direct, be frank, be straightforward, be blunt, come straight to the point, not beat about the bush

prevaricate

verb
1. To stray from truthfulness or sincerity:
2. To make untrue declarations:
Law: perjure.
Translations

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪkeɪt] VIandar con rodeos

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪkeɪt] vitergiverser

prevaricate

prevaricate

[prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt] vitergiversare
References in classic literature ?
As regards your questions, however, I will not prevaricate nor deceive you, but will tell you without concealment all that the old man of the sea told me.
He could not backbite, nor envy, nor prevaricate, nor jump at mean motives for generous acts.
I thought of all the suspicious objects scattered about the room, of the probability that he was only putting this question to try my courage, of the very likely chance that he would shoot me forthwith, if I began to prevaricate.
There is no need, my child, to prevaricate with you.
Thinking it professional to prevaricate, he murmured something about a nervous breakdown.
But to be stopped on the stairs, to be forced to listen to her trivial, irrelevant gossip, to pestering demands for payment, threats and complaints, and to rack his brains for excuses, to prevaricate, to lie--no, rather than that, he would creep down the stairs like a cat and slip out unseen.
It is a terrible thing to have a mother who prevaricates.
While Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled noted that the police and security forces have proven their prowess and dependability, he nevertheless urged them to abide fully and completely by the letter of the law and not to prevaricate from that.
The Government can prevaricate no longer, patients can suffer no longer, staff cannot continue in this intolerable situation and strong, urgent action is required.
Prime Minister - delay, prevaricate, block or obstruct the implementation of what Scotland was promised, and Scotland will take matters into our own, democratic, hands.
After insisting on making a separate statement to the Commons, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "We mustn't now prevaricate.