Tem·po·rize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Temporized p. pr. & vb. n. Temporizing ]
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.]
3. To comply; to agree. [Obs.]
v : draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The
speaker temporized in order to delay the vote" [syn: temporise]