hesitate, waver, waffle(verb)
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
"Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
"The speaker paused"
To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
To stammer; to falter in speaking.
To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To fluctuate (Latin fluctus, a wave) is to move like a wave with alternate rise and fall. A pendulum oscillates; waves fluctuate or undulate; a light or a flame wavers; a frightened steed swerves from his course; a tool or weapon swerves from the mark or line; the temperature varies; the wind veers when it suddenly changes its direction. That which veers may steadily hold the new direction; that which oscillates, fluctuates, undulates, or wavers returns upon its way. As regards mental states, he who hesitates sticks (Latin hærere) on the verge of decision; he who wavers does not stick to a decision; he who vacillates decides now one way, and now another; one vacillates between contrasted decisions or actions; he may waver between decision and indecision, or between action and inaction. Persons hesitate, vacillate, waver; feelings fluctuate or vary. Compare SHAKE.
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How to use hesitate in a sentence?
America's goals have not changed. If they could destroy the Islamic Republic today, they would not hesitate for a moment.
Britt Slabinski and Britt Slabinski team didn't even hesitate for a moment... they went back to that mountain... they jumped out onto a furious onslaught of machine gun fire... and charged uphill toward the enemy.
I don't think the market wants any more issuance in the remaining months of the Kirchner administration, if there is a legal threat that will cause them to hesitate (to issue), that will provide some natural stability.
We will not hesitate to speak out when we see actions that contradict those values.
I hesitate to say fragmented markets are a universal good...But in these particular circumstances, the lack of linkages has certainly been an important contributor to relative stability.
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- колебая се, чудя се, двоумя се, заекна, заеквамBulgarian
- hesitarCatalan, Valencian
- váhat, zaváhatCzech
- stamme, hakkeDanish
- zögern, stammelnGerman
- dudar, vacilarSpanish
- aikailla, epäröidä, vitkastella, viivytellä, empiäFinnish
- sòrScottish Gaelic
- ためらう, 躊躇するJapanese
- zéckenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- wahać się, jąkać sięPolish
- șovăi, ezita, codi, pregetaRomanian
- заикаться, колебаться, сомневаться, заикнуться, медлить, запинаться, запнутьсяRussian
- kararsız kalmak, çekinmekTurkish
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