What does vacillate mean?

Definitions for vacillateˈvæs əˌleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vacillate.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vacillate

    vas′i-lāt, v.i. to sway to and fro: to waver: to be unsteady.—adjs. Vac′illant, vacillating; Vac′illāting, inclined to fluctuate: wavering: unsteady.—adv. Vac′illātingly.—n. Vacillā′tion, act of vacillating.—adj. Vac′illātory, wavering. [L. vacillāre, -ātum.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vacillate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vacillate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dick Cheney:

    I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard, but you know, if you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama’s doing.

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