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equivocate

e·quiv·o·cate

equivocate

 
pronunciation:
ih kwI v keIt
features:
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
derivations: equivocatingly (adv.), equivocation (n.), equivocator (n.)
Word Parts
The word equivocate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).