WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pre•var•i•cate /prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to speak falsely; deliberately misstate;
pre•var•i•ca•tion /prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]a master of prevarication.[countable]spreading prevarications about his opponent.
pre•var•i•ca•tor, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pre•var•i•cate  (pri vari kāt′),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression;
pre•var′i•cation, n. 
pre•vari•ca′tive, pre•var•i•ca•to•ry  (pri vari kə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin praevāricātus, past participle of praevāricārī to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate, equivalent. to prae- pre- + vāricāre to straddle, derivative of vārus bent outwards, bow-legged
  • 1575–85
    evade, shift.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

prevaricate /prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent

preˌvariˈcation n preˈvariˌcator n

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