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Definition 1: move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern - [verb of motion]

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

  • the line on the monitor vacillated

Synonyms for vacillate in the sense of this definition

(vacillate is a kind of ...) alternate dramatically between high and low values

"his mood swings" "the market is swinging up and down"

(vacillate has a similar meaning as ...) cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern

Definition 2: be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action - [verb of stative]

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

  • He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement

Synonyms for vacillate in the sense of this definition

(vacillate is a kind of ...) pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

"Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

(... is a kind of vacillate ) be uncertain and vague

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