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tem·po·rize

 (tĕm′pə-rīz′)
v. tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing, tem·po·riz·es
v.intr.
1. To act or speak in order to gain time, avoid an argument, or postpone a decision: "Colonial officials ... ordered to enforce unpopular enactments, tended to temporize, to find excuses for evasion" (J.H. Parry).
2. To act to suit current circumstances or necessities: "When an evil has sprung up within a state, the more certain remedy by far is to temporize with it" (Brian Moore).
v.tr.
To say or utter in temporizing.

[French temporiser, from Old French, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, to pass one's time, from Latin tempus, tempor-, time.]

tem′po·ri·za′tion (-pər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
tem′po·riz′er n.

temporize

(ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz) or

temporise

vb (intr)
1. to delay, act evasively, or protract a discussion, negotiation, etc, esp in order to gain time or effect a compromise
2. to adapt oneself to the circumstances or occasion, as by temporary or apparent agreement
[C16: from French temporiser, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, from Latin tempus time]
ˌtemporiˈzation, ˌtemporiˈsation n
ˈtempoˌrizer, ˈtempoˌriser n

tem•po•rize

(ˈtɛm pəˌraɪz)

v.i. -rized, -riz•ing.
1. to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
2. to comply with the time or occasion.
3. to treat or parley so as to gain time (usu. fol. by with).
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin temporizāre to hang back, delay = Latin tempor-, s. of tempus time + Medieval Latin -izāre -ize]
tem′po•riz`er, n.

temporize


Past participle: temporized
Gerund: temporizing

Imperative
temporize
temporize
Present
I temporize
you temporize
he/she/it temporizes
we temporize
you temporize
they temporize
Preterite
I temporized
you temporized
he/she/it temporized
we temporized
you temporized
they temporized
Present Continuous
I am temporizing
you are temporizing
he/she/it is temporizing
we are temporizing
you are temporizing
they are temporizing
Present Perfect
I have temporized
you have temporized
he/she/it has temporized
we have temporized
you have temporized
they have temporized
Past Continuous
I was temporizing
you were temporizing
he/she/it was temporizing
we were temporizing
you were temporizing
they were temporizing
Past Perfect
I had temporized
you had temporized
he/she/it had temporized
we had temporized
you had temporized
they had temporized
Future
I will temporize
you will temporize
he/she/it will temporize
we will temporize
you will temporize
they will temporize
Future Perfect
I will have temporized
you will have temporized
he/she/it will have temporized
we will have temporized
you will have temporized
they will have temporized
Future Continuous
I will be temporizing
you will be temporizing
he/she/it will be temporizing
we will be temporizing
you will be temporizing
they will be temporizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been temporizing
you have been temporizing
he/she/it has been temporizing
we have been temporizing
you have been temporizing
they have been temporizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been temporizing
you will have been temporizing
he/she/it will have been temporizing
we will have been temporizing
you will have been temporizing
they will have been temporizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been temporizing
you had been temporizing
he/she/it had been temporizing
we had been temporizing
you had been temporizing
they had been temporizing
Conditional
I would temporize
you would temporize
he/she/it would temporize
we would temporize
you would temporize
they would temporize
Past Conditional
I would have temporized
you would have temporized
he/she/it would have temporized
we would have temporized
you would have temporized
they would have temporized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.temporize - draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"
prolong, protract, draw out, extend - lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer; "We prolonged our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"

temporize

Translations

temporize

[ˈtempəraɪz] VItratar de ganar tiempo

temporize

[ˈtɛmpəraɪz] temporise (British) vitemporiser

temporize

vi (= delay)ausweichen (um Zeit zu gewinnen), Verzögerungstaktiken anwenden; to temporize with somebodyjdn hinhalten

temporize

[ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz] vi (delay deliberately) → temporeggiare; (compromise) → adeguarsi, adattarsi (alle circostanze)
References in classic literature ?
And from this time he began to seek new alliances and to temporize with France in the expedition which she was making towards the kingdom of Naples against the Spaniards who were besieging Gaeta.
I dare say you have often observed this disposition to temporize, or to procrastinate, in people who are labouring under any very poignant sorrow.
But they heard him at the council of war and will hear him when he talks sense, but to temporize and wait for something now when Bonaparte fears nothing so much as a general battle is impossible.
Numa hesitated to follow Tarzan into the excavation; but the ape-man, who was in no mood to temporize, jerked him roughly to the bottom.
Editorialists temporize and try to answer their own questions, but the cartoons, if done right, are like an ice cube down the back of your shorts--uncomfortable and surprising, embarrassing and mortifying meant as a joke, but just a bit too harsh to forgive.
In Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, though no admirer of the mullahs in his heart of hearts, knows he has no choice but to temporize with Tehran, even if that means antagonizing the Arab bloc.
In strictly legal terms he's free to go, but government bodies can always find an excuse to temporize, or stop him," said Jonathan Acton-Bond, a barrister who has dealt with high-profile extradition cases in Hong Kong.