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Synonyms for waver
ˈweɪ vərwa·ver

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. waver

    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, hesitate, oscillate, swerve, undulate, vacillate, vary, veer

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. waver

    hesitate, dubitate, halt, fluctuate, vacillate, alternate, scruple, be undetermined, totter

    determine, decide, rest, repose, settle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wavernoun

    someone who communicates by waving

    faltering, hesitation, falter, flutter, flicker

  2. hesitation, waver, falter, falteringnoun

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"

    disinclination, falter, reluctance, flicker, wavering, indisposition, hesitation, flutter, faltering, vacillation, hesitancy

  3. waver, flutter, flickerverb

    the act of moving back and forth

    commotion, fluttering, flapping, disturbance, flap, flicker, glint, flutter, falter, to-do, hurly burly, spark, faltering, hesitation, hoo-ha, disruption, kerfuffle, hoo-hah

  4. hesitate, waver, waffleverb

    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

    hesitate, quaver, fluctuate, waffle, weave, quiver, pause, flutter, flicker, flitter, falter, vacillate

  5. falter, waververb

    be unsure or weak

    "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

    hesitate, quaver, fluctuate, bumble, stutter, stammer, weave, waffle, quiver, flutter, flicker, flitter, stumble, falter, vacillate

  6. falter, waververb

    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

    hesitate, quaver, fluctuate, bumble, stutter, stammer, weave, waffle, quiver, flutter, flicker, flitter, stumble, falter, vacillate

  7. fluctuate, vacillate, waververb

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"

    quaver, hesitate, falter, flicker, fluctuate, waffle, weave, flitter, quiver, flutter, hover, vibrate, oscillate, vacillate

  8. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiververb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

    bat, quake, fleet, palpitate, quaver, flitter, flit, flick, flutter, falter, fluctuate, pulsate, flicker, beat, vacillate, weave, quiver, hesitate, dart, waffle

  9. waver, weaveverb

    sway to and fro

    interweave, flitter, fluctuate, flicker, flutter, falter, wind, quaver, tissue, wander, vacillate, thread, weave, quiver, hesitate, meander, waffle

  10. quaver, waververb

    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

    trill, flitter, quaver, fluctuate, waffle, hesitate, weave, quiver, flutter, flicker, warble, falter, vacillate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. waververb

    wave, undulate, float, flicker

  2. waververb

    vacillate, hesitate, fluctuate, be in suspense, be undetermined, be unsettled, be in doubt

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. waververb

    vacillate, fluctuate, veer, oscillate, hesitate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "waver":

    falter, wavering, hesitate, shake, vacillate, vacillation, dither

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How to use waver in a sentence?

  1. Mike White:

    He was terrific, he was poised. He played within himself. He missed a couple, and his confidence level didn’t waver. He demanded it.

  2. Reuven Rivlin:

    I stand before you in shock and in pain. ... Terror that does not differentiate between people, between creeds. ... Your beloved Zidan, one of this state's best sons, didn't hesitate and didn't waver, israel Reuven Rivlin was among the first to reach the scene of the massacre, among the first to protect the people of Jerusalem. Your dear Zidan Saif stood fearlessly before the terrorists and used Israel Reuven Rivlin own body to block their attack, to block their fire.

  3. Farbod Mimeh:

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  4. Sophocles:

    Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.

  5. Xu Hairong:

    Some waver on clear cut issues of opposing ethnic division and safeguarding ethnic and national unity, and even support participating in violent terrorist acts.

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  • balancearseSpanish
  • käherrin, epäröidä, värinä, väristä, epäröinti, huojua, viittoilija, lepattaa, lepatus, liehua, horjunta, liehunta, huojunta, heilua, täristä, heilunta, vilkuttaja, horjua, kähertäjäFinnish
  • waverFrench
  • 揺らぐJapanese
  • sakavoq, aalajavoq, isumaa oqippoq, sajuppoq, angaluppoq, ukamarpoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • wuiver, schudden, flitsen, twijfelen, zwaaien, wuiven, beven, variëren, schommelen, flikkeren, wiegen, zwaaier, weifelen, wankelenDutch
  • vacilarPortuguese
  • pokolebati se, kolebati se, treperiti, varirati, teturati se, njihati seSerbo-Croatian
  • skälvaSwedish

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