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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"

    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"

    waver, break, pause, intermit, waffle


  1. hesitate(verb)

    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.

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

  3. hesitate(verb)

    To stammer; to falter in speaking.

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

  4. hesitate(verb)

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

    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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hesitate

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

    decide, determine, run, flow, career

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hesitate(v. n.)

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

  2. hesitate(v. n.)

    falter, stammer, have an impediment in speech

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hesitate(v)

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

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  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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