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equivocate

e·quiv·o·cate

equivocate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih kwI v keIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: equivocated, equivocates, equivocating
definition: to express oneself ambiguously, often to avoid giving a direct answer or to deceive.
When he equivocated in answering her question, she suspected he was hiding something.
synonyms:
fence, hedge, prevaricate, tergiversate, weasel
similar words:
deceive, dissemble, dodge, evade, fudge, hem and haw, palter, pussyfoot, stall
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derivations: equivocatingly (adv.), equivocation (n.), equivocator (n.)
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