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From Middle French temporiser.


temporize (third-person singular simple present temporizes, present participle temporizing, simple past and past participle temporized)

  1. To deliberately act evasively or prolong a discussion in order to gain time or postpone a decision, sometimes in order to reach a compromise or simply to make a conversation more temperate.
  2. (obsolete) To comply with the time or occasion; to humor, or yield to, the current of opinion or circumstances; also, to trim, as between two parties.
    • Daniel
      They might their grievance inwardly complain, But outwardly they needs must temporize.
  3. (obsolete) To delay; to procrastinate.
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  4. (obsolete) To comply; to agree.
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