1 be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information [syn: beat around the bush, equivocate, prevaricate, palter]
EtymologyLatin tergiversatus "to turn one's back, to shift"; tergum "back" + versare, frequentive of vertere "to turn."
- (UK) /ˈtɜːdʒɪvəseɪt/
- (US) , /tɝˈdʒɪvɝseɪt/, /t@`"dZIv@`seIt/
alternate, apostatize, around the bush, back and fill, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, change, choplogic, come round, desert, dither, do a flip-flop, do an about-face, dodge, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, fluctuate, have second thoughts, hedge, hem and haw, hum and haw, mince the truth, mince words, mystify, nitpick, obscure, oscillate, palter, parry, pendulate, pick nits, prevaricate, pussyfoot, quibble, rat, renounce, repudiate, shift, shilly-shally, shuffle, shy, sidestep, split hairs, teeter, totter, turn, vacillate, vary, waffle, waver, weasel, wheel, wobble