Definition of prevaricate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

prevaricate

 verb
verb
NAmE//prɪˈværəˌkeɪt//
 
[intransitive, transitive](+ speech)(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prevaricate
 
he / she / it prevaricates
 
past simple prevaricated
 
-ing form prevaricating
 
 
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to avoid giving a direct answer to a question in order to hide the truth Stop prevaricating and come to the point.
prevarication
 
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NAmE//prɪˌværəˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, countable] She accused him of prevarication. The report was full of lies and prevarications.
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