[ US /ˈtɛmpɝˌaɪz/ ]
  1. draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
    The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote
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How To Use temporize In A Sentence

  • The small jelly-speck, which we call the amoeba, has no organs save what it can extemporize as occasion arises. Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin
  • For an album so reflective of a certain musical style and sound, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele manages to contemporise itself without sounding ridiculous. Drowned In Sound // Feed
  • At the present time, no action was needed, and it was pleasant to procrastinate, to temporize without feeling guilty about it. A PLAGUE OF ANGELS
  • He, by contrast, is a trimmer and temporizer who has stood up for tyrants far more than he has stood up to them.
  • I'm discovering that I like Danilaw a lot -- he's got the ability to extemporize political speeches like a trained skald and he's also pretty funny. Don't expect your good heart to save your neck
  • The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote
  • EPA had attempted to temporize by allowing California to take " reasonable extra efforts " to comply.
  • For a while, the Treasury can temporize with creative accounting, shifting money from one pile to another, and the like. The Debt Ceiling Fiasco
  • Against his will and against his nature he began to temporize, meaning later to revenge his present humiliation upon his son. Winnie Childs The Shop Girl
  • Moderate leaders continue to temporize and avoid coming to grips with extremists.
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