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Definitions and Synonyms of hesitate | Another word for hesitate | What is hesitate?

Definition 1: pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness - [verb of stative]

Samples where hesitate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures

Synonyms for hesitate in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hesitate ) delay

(... is a kind of hesitate ) hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear

(... is a kind of hesitate ) move to and fro

"The shy student lingered in the corner"

(... is a kind of hesitate ) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

"He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

(... is a kind of hesitate ) be unsure or weak

"Their enthusiasm is faltering"

(hesitate implies ...) lack confidence in or have doubts about

"I doubt these reports" "I suspect her true motives" "she distrusts her stepmother"

Definition 2: interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing - [verb of stative]

Samples where hesitate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The speaker paused

Synonyms for hesitate in the sense of this definition

(hesitate is a kind of ...) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

(... is a kind of hesitate ) utter `hems' and `haws'; indicated hesitation

"He hemmed and hawed when asked to address the crowd"

(... is a kind of hesitate ) hesitate on moral grounds

"The man scrupled to perjure himself"

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