tempo-, tempor-, temp-
(Latin: time, occasion)
Don't confuse this tempo- element with other words that refer to the temples; such as, the flattened sides of the forehead or the buildings used for religious worship or services. They simply have no connection with this element.
We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
A related expression is Temporibus inserviendum; literally, "One must pay attention to the times."
From Cato in his Disticha de Moribus, c. 175 B.C.
Another version is, "Time is a great healer." This expression comes from Ovid's Remedia Amoris.
2. To act evasively in order to gain time, to avoid an argument, or to postpone a decision: The students in the class decided to temporize so their teacher, Mrs. Jones, wouldn’t be able have them do the vocabulary test on that day.
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Expressing concern that a person's time is limited and it is being consumed by something which may not be important at that moment.