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temporize (v.)

"to comply with the times; to yield ostensibly to the current of opinion or circumstances," 1550s (implied in temporizer), from French temporiser "to pass one's time, wait one's time" (14c.), from Medieval Latin temporizare "pass time," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *temporare "to delay," from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Related: Temporized; temporizing.

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Definitions of temporize from WordNet

temporize (v.)
draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time;
The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote
Synonyms: temporise
From wordnet.princeton.edu