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English definition of “equivocate”

equivocate

verb [I] uk   /ɪˈkwɪv.ə.keɪt/ formal us  
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
noun [U] uk   /ɪˌkwɪv.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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 from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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