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v. tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing, tem·po·riz·es
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).
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.
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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
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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]
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Past participle: temporized
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|Verb||1.||temporize - draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"|
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verb play for time, delay, stall, procrastinate, be evasive, beat about the bush, gain time, equivocate, play a waiting game, hum and haw, tergiversate 'Not exactly, sir,' he temporized.
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temporize[ˈtɛmpəraɪz] temporise (British) vi → temporiser
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temporize[ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz] vi (delay deliberately) → temporeggiare; (compromise) → adeguarsi, adattarsi (alle circostanze)
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