What does hesitate mean?

Definitions for hesitate
ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪthes·i·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitate, waver, waffleverb

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

  2. hesitate, pauseverb

    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

    "The speaker paused"

Wiktionary

  1. hesitateverb

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

  2. hesitateverb

    To stammer; to falter in speaking.

  3. hesitateverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hesitateverb

    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. Hesitateverb

    to stammer; to falter in speaking

  3. Hesitateverb

    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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  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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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. Vladimir Putin:

    We see how other countries are open about their geopolitical claims, and do not hesitate to interfere openly in the affairs of independent states while actively expanding and improving their military arsenals, they spend many times more than we spend (on arms). We can and must respond to this challenge.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Inconsistency is a great door for the change and for the progression! Never hesitate to be inconsistent!

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Nothing or nobody loses anything it, he or she has/knows already just by sharing it with something else or someone else. Rather, anything or anyone that shares whatever it, he or she has ends up getting or receiving more of it and never less. Therefore, never hesitate to share whatever you have or know with someone or those that needs/need it.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Ingratitude is thinking nothing of what has been done or given to you by someone else i.e. not feeling bound to show gratitude. I mean, ingratitude is a discreditable lack of gratitude. Yes! you heard me right and that is just what it is. So, you've got to show gratitude to all (everyone and everything) for every bit of kindness, love, care, gift and stuffs like that, which you've already received. And most importantly, never hesitate to show more and more gratitude to God (almighty) who gives you all that you ever need (the four necessities of life which are shelter, food, clothin­g and water) As well, always show gratitude to him (God) even for your life itself. Because, he is the sole giver and taker of every life including yours. Now listen up, you should show gratitude and you've got to resolve to show gratitude to all (everyone and everything). For, until and unless you resolve and learn to show gratitude to everyone and everything, you are an Ingrate and you will remain an Ingrate for life (period). You can say I said so, anyway. ~Emeasoba George

  5. Alessio Mamo:

    For a long time, I had in my mind the idea to follow a refugee family, the opportunity came when I met Somar for the first time in Jordan. A common friend introduced him to me. He told me the idea to reach his brother in Germany. So immediately I asked to follow them during their journey and do a photographic project about it. Somar did not hesitate one moment: He immediately said yes.

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