The Closing Word: Temporize

The Closing Word: TemporizeThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (TEMP-or-eyes)

draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time

From “The verb temporize describes stalling in order to gain time in the hopes of avoiding or preventing something. Accent the first syllable of temporize: “TEM-puh-rise.” Tempor- means “time,” which you probably recognize from other time-related words such as temporary, temporal, and contemporary. Temporize comes from the Middle French word temporiser, meaning “to pass one’s time, wait one’s time.”

“During negotiations the buyer peppered us with so many insignificant concerns we began to suspect he was temporizing, though we didn’t know why.”


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