Wednesday, March 30, 2005
temporize intransitive verb [TEM-puh-ryz] To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
Definitions for temporize
- To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
- To comply with the time or occasion; to yield to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
- To engage in discussions or negotiations so as to gain time (usually followed by 'with').
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Citations for temporize
But when it comes to paying out claims, too many third-party providers stall, balk and temporize.
On the big issues, Reagan rejected the importuning of his senior aides. He refused to temporize on the 1981 tax cut that ended Jimmy Carter's stagflation. At Reykjavik in 1985, he turned down State Department advice for an arms deal and stood fast to open the way for the Soviet collapse.
Origin of temporize
Temporize derives from Medieval Latin temporizare, "to pass the time," from Latin tempus, tempor-, "time." It is related to temporary.