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ter·giv·er·sate

 (tər-jĭv′ər-sāt′, tûr′jĭ-vər-)
intr.v. ter·giv·er·sat·ed, ter·giv·er·sat·ing, ter·giv·er·sates
1. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
2. To change sides; apostatize.

[Latin tergiversārī, tergiversāt- : tergum, the back + versāre, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

ter′gi·ver·sa′tion n.
ter′gi·ver·sa′tor (-sā′tər) n.

tergiversate

(ˈtɜːdʒɪvəˌseɪt)
vb (intr)
1. to change sides or loyalties; apostatize
2. to be evasive or ambiguous; equivocate
[C17: from Latin tergiversārī to turn one's back, from tergum back + vertere to turn]
ˌtergiverˈsation n
ˈtergiverˌsator, tergiversant n
ˌtergiˈversatory adj

ter•gi•ver•sate

(ˈtɜr dʒɪ vərˌseɪt, tərˈdʒɪv ər-)

v.i. -sat•ed, -sat•ing.
1. to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2. to turn renegade.
[1645–55; < Latin tergiversātus, past participle of tergiversārī to turn one's back]
ter`gi•ver•sa′tion, n.
ter′gi•ver•sa`tor, (-ˈvɜr sənt) n.

tergiversate


Past participle: tergiversated
Gerund: tergiversating

Imperative
tergiversate
tergiversate
Present
I tergiversate
you tergiversate
he/she/it tergiversates
we tergiversate
you tergiversate
they tergiversate
Preterite
I tergiversated
you tergiversated
he/she/it tergiversated
we tergiversated
you tergiversated
they tergiversated
Present Continuous
I am tergiversating
you are tergiversating
he/she/it is tergiversating
we are tergiversating
you are tergiversating
they are tergiversating
Present Perfect
I have tergiversated
you have tergiversated
he/she/it has tergiversated
we have tergiversated
you have tergiversated
they have tergiversated
Past Continuous
I was tergiversating
you were tergiversating
he/she/it was tergiversating
we were tergiversating
you were tergiversating
they were tergiversating
Past Perfect
I had tergiversated
you had tergiversated
he/she/it had tergiversated
we had tergiversated
you had tergiversated
they had tergiversated
Future
I will tergiversate
you will tergiversate
he/she/it will tergiversate
we will tergiversate
you will tergiversate
they will tergiversate
Future Perfect
I will have tergiversated
you will have tergiversated
he/she/it will have tergiversated
we will have tergiversated
you will have tergiversated
they will have tergiversated
Future Continuous
I will be tergiversating
you will be tergiversating
he/she/it will be tergiversating
we will be tergiversating
you will be tergiversating
they will be tergiversating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tergiversating
you have been tergiversating
he/she/it has been tergiversating
we have been tergiversating
you have been tergiversating
they have been tergiversating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tergiversating
you will have been tergiversating
he/she/it will have been tergiversating
we will have been tergiversating
you will have been tergiversating
they will have been tergiversating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tergiversating
you had been tergiversating
he/she/it had been tergiversating
we had been tergiversating
you had been tergiversating
they had been tergiversating
Conditional
I would tergiversate
you would tergiversate
he/she/it would tergiversate
we would tergiversate
you would tergiversate
they would tergiversate
Past Conditional
I would have tergiversated
you would have tergiversated
he/she/it would have tergiversated
we would have tergiversated
you would have tergiversated
they would have tergiversated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tergiversate - be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to
2.tergiversate - abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"

tergiversate

verb
1. To use evasive or deliberately vague language:
Informal: pussyfoot, waffle.
2. To abandon one's cause or party usually to join another:
Slang: rat.
Idioms: change sides, turn one's coat.
Translations
odpadnoutpřeběhnoutvytáčet
kääntäätakki
changer de campdéroberretourner sa chemisetergiverser

tergiversate

vi (form, hum)dauernd seine Gesinnung ändern
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