Definitions

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  • verb to make a situation or something more ambiguous.

Etymologies

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Stem of ambiguous (Latin: ambiguus) with suffix -ate.

Examples

  • The process of coming out can thus ambiguate -- in the core sense of producing multiple and more varied meanings.

    Balkinization

  • Such a move would not only ambiguate the list, it would be a voluntarily self-ambiguating move.

    Balkinization

  • Furthermore Israel is the country that introduced nuclear weapons into the Near East, while they mislead the Kennedy administration, hiding their nuclear program (like how they accuse Iran of what they did), and have persisted in their double talk capacity to insinuate reality is just what words can ambiguate (as if the weapons don't exist if they are not acknowledged?).

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  • Furthermore Israel is the country that introduced nuclear weapons into the Near East, while they mislead the Kennedy administration, hiding their nuclear program (like how they accuse Iran of what they did), and have persisted in their double talk capacity to insinuate reality is just what words can ambiguate (as if the weapons don't exist if they are not acknowledged?).

    Baltimore IMC

  • Furthermore Israel is the country that introduced nuclear weapons into the Near East, while they mislead the Kennedy administration, hiding their nuclear program (like how they accuse Iran of what they did), and have persisted in their double talk capacity to insinuate reality is just what words can ambiguate (as if the weapons don't exist if they are not acknowledged?).

    Colorado Independent Media Center

  • Furthermore Israel is the country that introduced nuclear weapons into the Near East, while they mislead the Kennedy administration, hiding their nuclear program (like how they accuse Iran of what they did), and have persisted in their double talk capacity to insinuate reality is just what words can ambiguate (as if the weapons don't exist if they are not acknowledged?).

    LA IMC

  • Do your own research to dis-ambiguate what they mean.

    MSDN Blogs

  • June 23rd, 2005 at 1:35 pm the judge was not hateful. the judge made a decision–as a judge is supposed to–based on the trial testimony… and recommendations of the experts. people who lose try to ambiguate the matter, but this whole notion that the ny court system conspired to take away her kids is ridiculous. she got busted for trying to smear the father…as she continues to smear him witness her recent appearance on dr. phil. anyway if you read the appellate judges decision returning the kids to bridget even they condemn her for the false molestation allegations.

    Regarding the Bridget Marks custody case

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  • Because disambiguate shouldn't be unpaired, and I have regular use for a verb specifically meaning "to make ambiguous," which is not exactly the same as to obscure.

    September 14, 2007

  • I agree with you and I have often used the term 'ambiguate'in my own academic writing. Thanks for posting!

    August 6, 2008