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.

They might their grievance inwardly complain, But outwardly they needs must temporize. Daniel.

2.

To delay; to procrastinate.

[R.]

Bacon.

3.

To comply; to agree.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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