equivocate

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See also: equivócate

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From Medieval Latin aequivocātus, perfect passive participle of aequivocō (I am called by the same name), from Late Latin aequivocus (ambiguous, equivocal): compare French équivoquer. See equivocal.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/
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equivocate (third-person singular simple present equivocates, present participle equivocating, simple past and past participle equivocated)

  1. (intransitive) To speak using double meaning; to speak ambiguously, unclearly or doubtfully, with intent to deceive
    • 1687, Edward Stillingfleet, The Unreasonableness of Separation: Or, An Impartial Account of the History, Nature and Pleas of the Present Separation from the Communion of the Church of England
      All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate.
  2. (transitive) To render equivocal or ambiguous.
    • 1647, George Buck, Reign of Richard the Third:
      He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation

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equivocate

  1. inflection of equivocare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of equivocato