What does hesitate mean?

Definitions for hesitate
ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪthes·i·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitate, waver, waffle(verb)

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

  2. hesitate, pause(verb)

    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

    "The speaker paused"

Wiktionary

  1. hesitate(Verb)

    To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.

  2. hesitate(Verb)

    To stammer; to falter in speaking.

  3. hesitate(Verb)

    To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hesitate(verb)

    to stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment

  2. Hesitate(verb)

    to stammer; to falter in speaking

  3. Hesitate(verb)

    to utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hesitate

    hez′i-tāt, v.i. to stop in making a decision: to be in doubt: to stammer.—v.t. (rare) to express with hesitation.—ns. Hes′itancy, Hesitā′tion, wavering: doubt: stammering.—adj. Hes′itan't, hesitating.—adv. Hes′itātingly.—adj. Hes′itātive, showing hesitation.—n. Hes′itātor, one who hesitates.—adj. Hes′itātory, hesitating. [L. hæsitāre, -ātum, freq. of hærēre, hæsum, to stick.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'hesitate' in Verbs Frequency: #678

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hesitate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hesitate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hesitate in a Sentence

  1. Siobhan Morden:

    If there is a legal threat that will cause them to hesitate (to issue), that will provide some natural stability.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    I hesitate to make any broad statements about whether it is or is not quote' safe' for kids to come back to school, when you talk about children going back to school and their safety, it really depends on the level of viral activity, and the particular area that you're talking about. What happens all too often, understandably, but sometimes misleadingly, is that we talk about the country as a whole in a unidimensional way.

  3. Ken Cuccinelli:

    We face very real security threats today, porous borders and lax immigration enforcement have left us vulnerable not only to terrorist attacks but to increasing levels of crime in our communities. Those already accustomed to flagrantly disregarding our laws do not hesitate to traffic their deadly cocktail of drugs and gang violence into Virginia.

  4. Larry Kudlow:

    We've all learned that if he is not satisfied with these talks ... then he would not hesitate to increase tariffs.

  5. Author Unknown:

    Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.

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