temporization (ˌtemporiˈzation) or temporisation (ˌtemporiˈsation)
temporizer (ˈtempoˌrizer) or temporiser (ˈtempoˌriser)
Word origin of 'temporize'
C16: from French temporiser, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, from Latin tempus time
temporize for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (tempəraɪz)
Word forms: temporizes, temporizing, temporized
regional note: in BRIT, also use temporise
If you say that someone is temporizing, you mean that they keep doing unimportant things in order to delay something important such as making a decision or stating their real opinion. [formal] [V] ⇒ They are still temporizing in the face of what can only be described as a disaster. [V with quote] ⇒ 'Not exactly, sir,' temporized Sloan.