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English definition of “equivocate”

equivocate

verb [I]     /ɪˈkwɪv.ə.keɪt/ formal
to speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth: She accused the minister of equivocating, claiming that he had deliberately avoided telling the public how bad the problem really was.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much equivocation     /ɪˌkwɪv.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] He answered openly and honestly without hesitation or equivocation.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of equivocate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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