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HESITATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hesitate mean? 

HESITATE (verb)
  The verb HESITATE has 2 senses:

1. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
2. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

  Familiarity information: HESITATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HESITATE (verb)


Sense 1hesitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hesitate; waffle; waver

Context example:

Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures

"Hesitate" entails doing...:

doubt (lack confidence in or have doubts about)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hesitate"):

dwell on; linger over (delay)

boggle (hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear)

hover; linger (move to and fro)

hover; oscillate; vacillate; vibrate (be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action)

falter; waver (be unsure or weak)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 2hesitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

pause; hesitate

Context example:

The speaker paused

Hypernyms (to "hesitate" is one way to...):

delay (act later than planned, scheduled, or required)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hesitate"):

hem and haw (utter 'hems' and 'haws'; indicated hesitation)

scruple (hesitate on moral grounds)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They hesitate a long time


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