TEM'PORIZE, v.i. [L. tempus, time.]

1. To comply with the time or occasion; to humor or yield to the current of opinion or to circumstances; a conduct that often indicates obsequiousness.

They might their grievance inwardly complain,

But outwardly they needs must temporize.

2. To delay; to procrastinate.

Well, you till temporize with the hours. [Little used.]

3. To comply. [Not in use.]