Definition of temporize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

temporize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪz//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they temporize
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪz//
 
he / she / it temporizes
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪzɪz//
 
past simple temporized
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪzd//
 
past participle temporized
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪzd//
 
-ing form temporizing
BrE BrE//ˈtempəraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempəraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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to delay making a decision or giving a definite answer, in order to gain time Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French temporiser ‘bide one's time’, from medieval Latin temporizare ‘to delay’, from Latin tempus, tempor- ‘time’.
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