Temporizing
Temporize Tem"po*rize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Temporized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Temporizing}.] [F. temporiser. See {Temporal} of time.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

They might their grievance inwardly complain, But outwardly they needs must temporize. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

2. To delay; to procrastinate. [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To comply; to agree. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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