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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·var·i·cate /prɪˈværəˌket/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·var·i·cate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prevaricated p. pr. & vb. n. Prevaricating.]
 1. To shift or turn from one side to the other, from the direct course, or from truth; to speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble; as, he prevaricates in his statement.
    He prevaricates with his own understanding.   --South.
 2. Civil Law To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
 3. Eng. Law To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
 Syn: -- To evade; equivocate; quibble; shuffle.
 Usage: -- Prevaricate, Evade, Equivocate. One who evades a question ostensibly answers it, but really turns aside to some other point. He who equivocate uses words which have a double meaning, so that in one sense he can claim to have said the truth, though he does in fact deceive, and intends to do it. He who prevaricates talks all round the question, hoping to “dodge” it, and disclose nothing.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·var·i·cate, v. t. To evade by a quibble; to transgress; to pervert. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or
          withhold information [syn: beat around the bush, equivocate,
           tergiversate, palter]