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

 

prevaricate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prevaricate
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it prevaricates
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪts//
 
past simple prevaricated
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle prevaricated
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form prevaricating
BrE BrE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈværɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) (formal) to avoid giving a direct answer to a question in order to hide the truth synonym beat about the bush Stop prevaricating and come to the point. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (earlier (Middle English) as prevarication and prevaricator), in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’: from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’.
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