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prevaricate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprevaricatepre‧var‧i‧cate /prɪˈværɪkeɪt/ verb [intransitive, transitive] formal 🔊 🔊 AVOIDto try to hide the truth by not answering questions directly 🔊 ‘I’m not sure, ’ he prevaricated.prevarication /prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
prevaricateJudge Greene said Tate was prevaricating to avoid having to testify against his ex-boss.Without a text to assist them they may prevaricate too long before facing the brutal truth.
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Verb table
prevaricate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyprevaricate
he, she, itprevaricates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyprevaricated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave prevaricated
he, she, ithas prevaricated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad prevaricated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill prevaricate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have prevaricated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam prevaricating
he, she, itis prevaricating
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you, we, theyare prevaricating
Past
I, he, she, itwas prevaricating
you, we, theywere prevaricating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been prevaricating
he, she, ithas been prevaricating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been prevaricating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be prevaricating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been prevaricating
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