verb (used without object), hes·i·tat·ed, hes·i·tat·ing.
- hesitation waltz,
Origin of hesitate
Examples from the Web for hesitated
She hesitated to explain any further because, she said, “TLC has kind of told us to hush-hush.”
Massachusetts has not hesitated to elect Republicans to statewide office in the past.
However he hesitated when asked about similarities with Collins.
The cat, which had entered the room as he spoke, hesitated, looked up at him and snarled.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the public defenders handed it to a marshal, who hesitated for just an instant before taking it.Gripping His Koran, Anas al-Liby Has His Day in Court|Michael Daly|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Instead of executing a resolution, which might have been justified by success, Stilicho hesitated till he was irrecoverably lost.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
He hesitated, shifting from one foot to the other almost like a great boy.The Woman With The Fan|Robert Hichens
Nor on her behalf would he have hesitated, though the misery might have continued for three months.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
One day when Miss Husted came for her rent, he hesitated before he paid her; he had forgotten it was rent day and was unprepared.The Music Master|Charles Klein
Justine hesitated, letting her glance drift to the distant group still anchored about the tennis-nets.The Fruit of the Tree|Edith Wharton
Word Origin for hesitate
1620s, from Latin haesitatum, past participle of haesitare (see hesitation). Related: Hesitated; hesitating.