From Middle French temporiser.
temporize (third-person singular simple present temporizes, present participle temporizing, simple past and past participle temporized)
- 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.
- (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.
- They might their grievance inwardly complain, But outwardly they needs must temporize.
- (obsolete) To delay; to procrastinate.
- Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
- The earl of Lincoln deceived of the country's concourse, in which case he would have temporized, resolved to give the king battle.
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act I, Scene I.
- If Cupid hath not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. —I look for an earthquake too then. —Well, you will temporize with the hours.
- (obsolete) To comply; to agree.
- William Shakespeare, King John, Act V, Scene II.
- The dauphin is too wilful opposite, And will not temporize with my entreaties: He flatly says, he'll not lay down his arms.
to deliberately act evasively or prolong a discussion