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

 tem·po·rize /ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The
          speaker temporized in order to delay the vote" [syn: temporise]