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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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. Wissous Mayor Richard Trinquier:

    I didn't hesitate a shadow of a second.

  2. Shawn McGowen:

    He didn't hesitate, he said it was a great idea.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Never hesitate to open new windows in your life!

  4. Mr Wang:

    When Mr Wang offered me a good price, I didn't hesitate.

  5. Syreeta Myers:

    My issue is with crooked cops who won't hesitate to kill a black man.

Images & Illustrations of hesitate

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