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Synonyms for hesitate
ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪthes·i·tate

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Wiktionary3.5 / 2 votes

  1. hesitateverb

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

  2. hesitateverb

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

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

  3. hesitateverb

    To stammer; to falter in speaking.

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

  4. hesitateverb

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

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

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms3.5 / 2 votes

  1. hesitate

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

    Antonyms:
    decide, determine, run, flow, career

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. hesitate, waver, waffleverb

    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, pauseverb

    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

    "The speaker paused"

    Synonyms:
    waver, break, pause, intermit, waffle

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. hesitateverb

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

  2. hesitateverb

    Synonyms:
    falter, stammer, have an impediment in speech

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. hesitateverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "hesitate":

    waver, dither

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How to use hesitate in a sentence?

  1. President Barack Obama:

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

  2. Author Unknown:

    Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.

  3. Luke Bryan:

    Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege, when I was asked if Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with I didn't hesitate. We have become great friends through the years and what Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning brings to the table is gon na make it even more of a blast. I know Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning's been to the CMA Awards before, but Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning's never been with me. Hey Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, I hope you're ready for the night of your life !

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    I will look at the data and I would assume -- and I'm pretty sure it's going to be the case -- that a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was indeed both safe and effective, if that's the case Jim, I would not hesitate for a moment to take the vaccine Anthony Fauci and recommend it for my family.

  5. Anna Hirsch:

    If she ends up with the Democratic nomination, I don't think I would hesitate to vote for her, but in terms of the primary itself, currently I am leaning towards Bernie Sanders.


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