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?
I hope some people in the U.S do not misjudge the situation, if the United States takes any action to escalate the situation, China will not hesitate to fight back.
I had all these preconceived ideas about Mary Magdalene and about religion in general, a lot of baggage that made me hesitate, it wasn't until speaking to Garth Davis and looking at the story as an adult, without that baggage from Catholic school, that I could strip it back and see it with fresh eyes.
In my country, social media conspiracy groups confuse well-meaning parents so they hesitate to get the recommended vaccinations.
He didn't hesitate, he said it was a great idea.
Political Islam will not give up its fight to come back politically in Algeria. when the state is weak like now with oil prices down and security threats over the borders, they do not hesitate to make noise.
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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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