HyperDic: hesitate

English > 2 senses of the word hesitate:
VERBstativehesitate, waver, wafflepause or hold back in uncertainty / uncertainty or unwillingness
stativehesitate, pauseinterrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
hesitate > pronunciation
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English > hesitate: 2 senses > verb 1, stative
Meaningpause or hold back in uncertainty / uncertainty or unwillingness.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE; Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE
Example"Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
Synonymswaver, waffle
Entailsdoubtlack confidence in or have doubts about
Narrowerbogglehesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
dwell on, linger overdelay
falter, waverBe unsure or weak
hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillateBe undecided about something
hover, lingerMove to and fro
Spanishdudar, titubear, vacilar
Catalandubtar, hesitar, vacil·lar
Adjectiveshesitantlacking decisiveness of character
Nounshesitancy, hesitationa certain degree of unwillingness
hesitationindecision in speech or action
hesitator, hesitaterone who hesitates (usually out of fear)
English > hesitate: 2 senses > verb 2, stative
Meaninginterrupt temporarily an activity before continuing.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE
ModelThey hesitate a long time
Narrowerhem and hawUtter 'hems' and 'haws'
scruplehesitate on moral grounds
BroaderdelayAct later than planned, scheduled, or required
Spanishpausar, vacilar
Catalandubtar, vacil·lar
Nounshesitaterone who hesitates (usually out of fear)
hesitationthe act of pausing uncertainly

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