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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  1. Verbs Frequency

    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. Anthony Bourdain:

    Something was missing in me, whether it was a self-image situation, whether it was a character flaw... some dark genie inside me -- that I very much hesitate to call a disease -- that led me to dope.

  2. President Biden:

    I find that we can both operate in the mutual self-interest of our countries, as a new START agreement, and make it clear to Russia that we are very concerned about their behavior, whether it's Alexei Navalny, whether it's the Solar Winds or whether it's reports of bounties on the heads of Americans in Afghanistan, i have asked the agencies in question to do a thorough read for me on every one of those issues, to update me precisely where they are, and I will not hesitate to raise those issues with the Russians.

  3. State Raffensperger:

    I hesitate to say this because I’m afraid someone might use it against me, but, you know, I have lost a child, and I don’t ever want to go through that again.

  4. Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos:

    We will take stock of the situation on May 12. Should we see no success by then we will not hesitate to create requirements so that border controls in Europe can be extended.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    The state exists for man, not man for the state. The same may be said of science. These are old phrases, coined by people who saw in human individuality the highest human value. I would hesitate to repeat them, were it not for the ever recurring danger that they may be forgotten, especially in these days of organization and stereotypes.

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