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Definition of "equivocate" [e•quiv•o•cate]

  • To use equivocal language intentionally. (verb-intransitive)
  • To avoid making an explicit statement. See Synonyms at lie2. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "equivocate" in a sentence
  • "The safe bet is that Democrats will again equivocate to avoid what would, by necessity, be the impeachment of the Vice President."
  • "There is also another meaning of the word equivocate in popular usage."
  • "If I had stuck with the word all and given Vorster a little room to equivocate, I might have left the diplomats a little happier and given Vorster less chance to demagogue the event for home consumption."