Meaning of temporize in English:

temporize

(British temporise)

Pronunciation /ˈtɛmpərʌɪz/

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verb

[no object]
  • Avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time.

    ‘the opportunity was missed because the queen still temporized’
    • ‘The council had temporized on quite crucial decisions.’
    • ‘Moderate leaders continue to temporize and avoid coming to grips with extremists.’
    • ‘They are classified as weak, insipid, temporizing, and unprincipled.’
    • ‘Left in charge, he temporized, agonized, and cursed the fates.’
    • ‘The prime minister temporized and allowed things to drift.’
    • ‘They exercised verbal terror against politicians, making them temporize and postpone the solution.’
    • ‘He will probably try to do what he always has done: make no clear choice and temporize.’
    • ‘He needs to be seen as a leader making bold strokes where others are temporizing.’
    • ‘They temporize only when political factors prohibit action.’
    • ‘He has been temporizing, casting about for a strategy.’
    • ‘There have been times in the past when they temporized, stumbled, or failed to advance their agendas.’
    • ‘Louis did not exactly say no, but he temporized and did not say yes, either.’
    • ‘Leaders temporize and dither for short-term advantage.’
    • ‘They were not negotiating in good faith but were, rather, temporising.’
    • ‘It's just not a solution to the problem, it's just a way of temporizing.’
    • ‘He finally grew impatient with his temporizing and commenced military operations.’
    equivocate, procrastinate, play for time, play a waiting game, stall, use delaying tactics, avoid committing oneself, avoid making a decision, delay, hang back, beat about the bush, be evasive, prevaricate, be indecisive, hesitate
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Origin

Late 16th century from French temporiser ‘bide one's time’, from medieval Latin temporizare ‘to delay’, from Latin tempus, tempor- ‘time’.