delay or behave evasively
prevaricate - dither
If you ‘prevaricate’, you avoid making a decision or giving a direct answer to something, sometimes in a deliberate attempt to hide the truth. It is most commonly used in a professional context and can be a source of great frustration and annoyance.
We can’t get a decision on the proposed plan because head office continues to prevaricate.
I can never get a straight answer from Claire. She’s a dreadful prevaricator.
Sustained prevarication from the government greatly contributed to the scale of the crisis.