Definitions for vacillateˈvæs əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vac•il•lateˈvæs əˌleɪt(v.i.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute.

  2. to sway unsteadily; totter.

  3. to oscillate or fluctuate.

Origin of vacillate:

1590–1600; < L vacillātus, ptp. of vacillāre to be unsteady, waver

vac′il•la•to`ry-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)

    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  2. fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"


  1. vacillate(Verb)

    To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.

  2. vacillate(Verb)

    To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vacillate(verb)

    to move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver

  2. Vacillate(verb)

    to fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver

Anagrams of vacillate

  1. cavatelli


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