verb (used without object), tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing.
1. to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
2. to comply with the time or occasion; yield temporarily or ostensibly to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
3. to treat or parley so as to gain time (usually followed by with ).
4. to come to terms (usually followed by with ).
5. to effect a compromise (usually followed by between ).
Also especially British, tem·po·rise.
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tem·po·ri·za·tion , noun
tem·po·riz·er , noun
tem·po·riz·ing·ly , adverb
non·tem·po·riz·ing , adjective
non·tem·po·riz·ing·ly , adverb
hesitate, balk, equivocate, procrastinate, delay, stall, hedge
temporary duty, temporary hardness, temporary life annuity, temporary parasite, temporary tooth, temporo-, temporomandibular, temporomandibular joint, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, temporomandibular joint syndrome
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1. hedge, stall, equivocate.
Origin: 1570–80; < Medieval Latin temporizāre to hang back, delay, equivalent to Latin tempor- (stem of tempus ) time + Medieval Latin -izāre -ize
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