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

 

equivocate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they equivocate
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt//
 
he / she / it equivocates
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪts//
 
past simple equivocated
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle equivocated
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form equivocating
BrE BrE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) (formal) to talk about something in a way that is deliberately not clear in order to avoid or hide the truth Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘use a word in more than one sense’): from late Latin aequivocat- ‘called by the same name’, from the verb aequivocare, from aequivocus, from Latin aequus ‘equally’ + vocare ‘to call’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: equivocate