Definition of Hesitate

1. Verb. Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness. "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"




2. Verb. Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing. "They hesitate a long time"; "The speaker paused"
Exact synonyms: Pause
Specialized synonyms: Hem And Haw, Scruple
Generic synonyms: Delay
Derivative terms: Hesitater, Hesitation, Pause, Pause

Definition of Hesitate

1. v. i. 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. v. t. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.

Definition of Hesitate

1. Verb. (intransitive) To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To stammer; to falter in speaking. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive poetic rare) To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hesitate

1. to hold back in uncertainty [v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES]

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Literary usage of Hesitate

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"Why do you cast those anxious looks on each other? why hesitate? Maximin is a public enemy ! may his enmity soon expire with him, and may we long enjoy the ..."

2. A Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions. by Frederick Marryat (1839)
"They do not hesitate to say that they will not tolerate much longer the being made the sport of parties at home, and that if the mother-country forgets what ..."

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