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  1. Hesitate Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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    Webhesitate verb hes· i· tate ˈhez-ə-ˌtāt hesitated; hesitating 1 : to stop or pause because of uncertainty or indecision hesitate before answering 2 : to be unwilling hesitate to ask a …

  2. 42 Synonyms & Antonyms of HESITATE - Merriam-Webster

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    Webverb Definition of hesitate as in to falter to show uncertainty about the right course of action I didn't hesitate to tell them that what they were doing was wrong and that I wanted no part of it Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance falter wait pause scruple vacillate waver debate dither hang back halt sway stagger shilly-shally wabble wobble linger

  3. HESITATE | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary

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    Webhesitate verb [ I ] us / ˈhez·ɪˌteɪt / to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it: [ + to infinitive ] If you need anything, don’t …

  4. HESITATE | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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    Webhesitate verb [ I ] us / ˈhez·ɪˌteɪt / to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it: [ + to infinitive ] If you need anything, don’t …

  5. Hesitate Definition & Meaning | Dictionary.com

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    Webto be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job. to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling: He hesitated to break the law. to …

  6. Hesitate - definition of hesitate by The Free Dictionary

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    Webhes•i•tate (ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪt) v. -tat•ed, -tat•ing. v.i. 1. to be reluctant to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination. 2. to have scruples or doubts about something. 3. to stop for a moment; pause. 4. to stammer. v.t. 5. to have scruples or …

  7. Hesitate - Definition, Meaning & Synonyms | Vocabulary.com

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    WebTo hesitate is to pause before doing something, often out of concern or worry. If you're playing basketball and have a wide-open shot but don't take it right away, you hesitated. Maybe you felt too much pressure to shoot the ball. When people are nervous or worried, they tend to hesitate. Hesitating while speaking is common.

  8. HESITATE Synonyms: 72 Synonyms & Antonyms for HESITATE

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    Webhesitate See definition of hesitate on Dictionary.com verb wait; be uncertain synonyms for hesitate Compare Synonyms balk dither falter pause ponder stumble waffle waver alternate balance dally debate defer delay demur dillydally doubt equivocate flounder fluctuate fumble hang hedge hover linger oscillate pussyfoot scruple seesaw shift shrink

  9. Hesitate definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

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    WebJan 29, 2023 · hesitate in British English (ˈhɛzɪˌteɪt ) verb (intransitive) 1. to hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain 2. to be unwilling or reluctant (to do something) 3. to stammer or pause in speaking Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers Derived forms hesitater (ˈhesiˌtater) or hesitator (ˈhesiˌtator) noun

  10. Hesitation Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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    WebThe meaning of HESITATION is an act or instance of hesitating. one moment's hesitation on my part, and the elusive butterfly was lost to me forever