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prevaricate

pre·var·i·cate

prevaricate

 
pronunciation:
prih vae rih keIt
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: prevariacting, prevaricated, prevaricates
definition: to lie, mislead, or conceal the truth deliberately.
The police officer believed that the suspect's husband was prevaricating in order to protect her.
similar words:
deceive, equivocate, falsify, lie
derivations: prevarication (n.), prevaricator (n.)