from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision: "Colonial officials . . . ordered to enforce unpopular enactments, tended to temporize, to find excuses for evasion” ( J.H. Parry).
- intransitive v. To engage in discussions or negotiations, especially so as to achieve a compromise or gain time.
- intransitive v. To yield to current circumstances or necessities; act to suit the time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deliberately act evasively or prolong a discussion in order to gain time or postpone a decision, sometimes in order to reach a compromise or simply to make a conversation more temperate.
- v. 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.
- v. To delay; to procrastinate.
- v. To comply; to agree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To delay; to procrastinate.
- transitive v. To comply; to agree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To comply with the time or occasion, or with the desires of another; yield temporarily or ostensibly to the current of opinion or circumstances.
- To parley.
- To dilly-dally; delay; procrastinate.
- Also spelled temporise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
French temporiser, from Old French, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, to pass one's time, from Latin tempus, tempor-, time.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Clipping of temperate + -ize. (Wiktionary)