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Meaning of HESITATE

Pronunciation:  'hezi`teyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures."
  2. [v]  interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"

HESITATE is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: pause, waffle, waver
 See Also: beat around the bush, boggle, delay, doubt, dwell on, falter, hem and haw, hover, linger, linger over, oscillate, scruple, vacillate, vibrate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hes"i*tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hesitated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Hesitating}.] [L. haesitatus, p. p. of haesitare,
    intens. fr. haerere to hesitate, stick fast; to hang or hold
    fast. Cf. {Aghast}, {Gaze}, {Adhere}.]
    1. To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in
       suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he
       hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often
       hesitate in forming a judgment. --Pope.
    2. To stammer; to falter in speaking.
    Syn: To doubt; waver; scruple; deliberate; demur; falter;
  2. \Hes"i*tate\, v. t.
    To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant
    manner. [Poetic & R.]
          Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike. --Pope.
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