1. [ verb ] be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Synonyms: prevaricate palter equivocate
Related terms: misinform
2. [ verb ] fail to address a topic directly
Synonyms: equivocate palter prevaricate beat_around_the_bush

"Don't beat around the bush--ask your boss for a raise right away"

Related terms: hesitate misinform liar fibbing equivocation equivocator lying equivocation
3. [ verb ] abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
Synonyms: apostatise apostatize
Related terms: renounce apostasy
Similar spelling:   tergiversation