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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːd͡ʒɪvəseɪt/
- (US) enPR: tər-jɪv'ər-sāt, IPA(key): /tɝˈd͡ʒɪvɝseɪt/
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- (intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to obfuscate in a deliberate manner.
- 1999, Philip McCutchan and Werner Levi, The Hoof, →ISBN, page 18:
- The officials soon concluded that the easiest way to remain on good terms with the court was to elude responsibility, to tergiversate, to prevent results.
- (intransitive) To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
- 2002, Colin Morris and Peter Roberts, chapter 8, in Pilgrimage: The English Experience from Becket to Bunyan, →ISBN, page 221:
- Henry had hesitated before authorising the spoliation; he would soon tergiversate on other matters of doctrine but this act was irreversible.
- (intransitive, rare) To flee by turning one's back.
to evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate
to change sides or affiliation; to apostatize
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