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temporize - vocabulary

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verb

To gain time or delay acting by being indecisive or evasive; to comply with the time or the occasion, to yield ostensibly to current opinion; to produce a compromise; to come to terms.

The third European peace is within reach and the fourth can be set on course with timely action at the Bucharest summit. If, instead, we temporize, we will cast doubt on what America stands for and on the strength and unity of the Europe that is being built before our eyes.

—Bruce P. Jackson
“At NATO, No Time for Cold Feet” Washington Post, February 4, 2008

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