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hesitate

[ hez-i-teyt ]
/ 藞h蓻z 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used without object), hes路i路tat路ed, hes路i路tat路ing.
to 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 pause: I hesitated before reciting the next line.
to falter in speech; stammer: Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
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Origin of hesitate

1615鈥25; <Latin haesit膩tus, past participle of haesit膩re.See hesitant, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM hesitate

hes路i路tat路er, hes路i路ta路tor, nounhes路i路tat路ing路ly, adverbpre路hes路i路tate, verb (used without object), pre路hes路i路tat路ed, pre路hes路i路tat路ing.
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How to use hesitate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hesitate

hesitate
/ (藞h蓻z瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb (intr)
to hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain
to be unwilling or reluctant (to do something)
to stammer or pause in speaking

Derived forms of hesitate

hesitater or hesitator, nounhesitatingly, adverbhesitation, nounhesitative, adjective

Word Origin for hesitate

C17: from Latin haesit膩re, from haer膿re to cling to
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