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Synonyms for hesitate
ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitate, waver, waffle(verb)

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

    Synonyms:
    waver, quaver, fluctuate, waffle, weave, quiver, pause, flutter, flicker, flitter, falter, vacillate

  2. hesitate, pause(verb)

    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

    "The speaker paused"

    Synonyms:
    waver, break, pause, intermit, waffle

Wiktionary

  1. hesitate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    deliberate, stammer, doubt, scruple, demur, falter, waver, mammer

  2. hesitate(verb)

    To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.

    Synonyms:
    doubt, waver, stammer, falter, mammer, scruple, demur, deliberate

  3. hesitate(verb)

    To stammer; to falter in speaking.

    Synonyms:
    deliberate, mammer, scruple, demur, waver, stammer, falter, doubt

  4. hesitate(verb)

    To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.

    Synonyms:
    mammer, stammer, waver, deliberate, demur, doubt, falter, scruple

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hesitate

    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.

    Synonyms:
    fluctuate, oscillate, swerve, undulate, vacillate, vary, veer, waver

    Antonyms:
    abide, adhere, hold fast, persist, stand fast, stay, stick

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hesitate

    Synonyms:
    dubitate, waver, demur, scruple, falter, stammer, pause, doubt

    Antonyms:
    decide, determine, run, flow, career

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hesitate(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    pause, delay, demur, doubt, waver, vacillate, be undetermined, stop to consider, be in doubt, be in suspense, be doubtful

  2. hesitate(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    falter, stammer, have an impediment in speech

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hesitate(v)

    Synonyms:
    doubt, vacillate, falter, dubitate, waver, scruple, demur, deliberate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    waver, dither

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How to use hesitate in a sentence?

  1. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    America's goals have not changed. If they could destroy the Islamic Republic today, they would not hesitate for a moment.

  2. Donald Trump:

    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.

  3. Siobhan Morden:

    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.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    We will not hesitate to speak out when we see actions that contradict those values.

  5. Bill McQuaker:

    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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