hesitate definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • is slow to do something, speak, or choose.
    • To pause in uncertainty; waver.
    • To be hesitant.
    • To speak haltingly; falter.
    • to get rid of or pause respecting choice or action; to be in suspense or doubt as to a dedication
    • To stammer; to falter in speaking.
  • verb:
    • to end or pause respecting choice or action; to stay anticipation or doubt as to a determination.
    • To stammer; to falter in speaking.
    • To utter with doubt or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
    • interrupt temporarily a task before continuing
    • pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  • verb-transitive:
    • To utter with doubt or even to intimate by a reluctant way.
  • others:
    • To hold back in doubt or indecision; refrain or wait by reason of doubt or difficulty of decision or option: as, he hesitated to trust the report; they hesitate about taking so dangerous a step.
    • To halt or falter in message, through indecision or embarrassment; make irregular involuntary pauses; stammer.
    • Synonyms Waver, an such like. (identify scruple); wait, vacillate, deliberate, question, be undetermined, demur.
    • See stammner.
    • To utter or express with hesitation or reluctantly; insinuate dubiously.

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