Definition of tergiversate in English:

tergiversate

verb

[no object]
  • 1Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate.

    ‘the more she tergiversated, the greater grew the ardency of the reporters for an interview’
    • ‘The thought of tergiversating crossed his mind several times but like a true soldier he continued with the War, against the enemy and against himself.’
    prevaricate, be evasive, be non-committal, be vague, be ambiguous, dodge the issue, evade the issue, beat about the bush, hedge, hedge one's bets, fudge the issue
  • 2Change one's loyalties; abandon a belief or principle.

    desert, go over to the enemy, change allegiances, change loyalties, change sides, turn traitor, rebel, renege, abscond, go AWOL, quit, escape

Origin

Mid 17th century from Latin tergiversat- ‘with one's back turned’, from the verb tergiversari, from tergum ‘back’ + vertere ‘to turn’.

Pronunciation

tergiversate

/ˈtəːdʒɪvəˌseɪt/ /təːdʒɪˈvəːseɪt/