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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
1. To use equivocal language in an attempt to mislead. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. To speak or write in an indecisive or noncommittal manner.

[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
equivocate
equivocate
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 ?
In this, however, Blifil was so well assisted by Western, that he succeeded without difficulty; for as Mr Allworthy had been assured by her father that Sophia had a proper affection for Blifil, and that all which he had suspected concerning Jones was entirely false, Blifil had nothing more to do than to confirm these assertions; which he did with such equivocations, that he preserved a salvo for his conscience; and had the satisfaction of conveying a lie to his uncle, without the guilt of telling one.
This excellent method of conveying a falsehood with the heart only, without making the tongue guilty of an untruth, by the means of equivocation and imposture, hath quieted the conscience of many a notable deceiver; and yet, when we consider that it is Omniscience on which these endeavour to impose, it may possibly seem capable of affording only a very superficial comfort; and that this artful and refined distinction between communicating a lie, and telling one, is hardly worth the pains it costs them.
As for equivocations, or oraculous speeches, they cannot hold out long.
I will have no more of these equivocations," he replied.
I am very miserable about Sir James Martin, and have no other way in the world of helping myself but by writing to you, for I am forbidden even speaking to my uncle and aunt on the subject; and this being the case, I am afraid my applying to you will appear no better than equivocation, and as if I attended to the letter and not the spirit of mamma's commands.
Besides, the notion of a city naturally precedes that of a family or an individual, for the whole must necessarily be prior to the parts, for if you take away the whole man, you cannot say a foot or a hand remains, unless by equivocation, as supposing a hand of stone to be made, but that would only be a dead one; but everything is understood to be this or that by its energic qualities and powers, so that when these no longer remain, neither can that be said to be the same, but something of the same name.
Parker, who officiated, remarked, when all was over, to a few particular friends, and with some equivocation, as it seems to me, that he 'buried her very willingly, and with much satisfaction.
The quick vision that his life was after all a failure, that he was a dishonored man, and must quail before the glance of those towards whom he had habitually assumed the attitude of a reprover--that God had disowned him before men and left him unscreened to the triumphant scorn of those who were glad to have their hatred justified--the sense of utter futility in that equivocation with his conscience in dealing with the life of his accomplice, an equivocation which now turned venomously upon him with the full-grown fang of a discovered lie:-- all this rushed through him like the agony of terror which fails to kill, and leaves the ears still open to the returning wave of execration.
asked Magua, without adverting in any manner to the former equivocation of the chief.
The disguise, equivocation, mystery, so hateful to her to practise, might soon be over.
Answer without equivocation,” continued the Judge sternly.
I doubt whether I have not done wrong, even now; and today I will, without reserve or equivocation, disclose my real reasons to Mr Cherryble, and implore him to take immediate measures for removing this young lady to the shelter of some other roof.