verb (used without object), hes·i·tat·ed, hes·i·tat·ing.
- hesitation waltz,
Origin of hesitate
Examples from the Web for hesitating
If the matter were just about adding his name to backers of the legislation, Rubio would not be hesitating.Marco Rubio Weighs Supporting Abortion Ban, a Tricky Stand|Eleanor Clift|July 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In other states, unusual circumstances have left the Democrats hesitating while Republicans forge ahead with runs.
The sound of merry voices and laughing came from within, and his first hesitating knock was unanswered.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
"I've heard nothing about Mr. Stimcoe," answered Captain Branscome, after a hesitating pause.Poison Island|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
While I was hesitating, a woman came toward me from the direction of the dance.Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)|Charles Paul de Kock
Then she remembered Mrs. Hobbs' parting command and stopped, hesitating.Mary-'Gusta|Joseph C. Lincoln
He was rigidly looking along the sights of his rifle, hesitating to fire.Kiddie the Scout|Robert Leighton
Word Origin for hesitate
1620s, from Latin haesitatum, past participle of haesitare (see hesitation). Related: Hesitated; hesitating.