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VACILLATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vacillate mean? 

VACILLATE (verb)
  The verb VACILLATE has 2 senses:

1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
2. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

  Familiarity information: VACILLATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VACILLATE (verb)


Sense 1vacillate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hover; oscillate; vacillate; vibrate

Context example:

He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement

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

hesitate; waffle; waver (pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness)

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

shillyshally (be uncertain and vague)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2vacillate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fluctuate; vacillate; waver

Context example:

the line on the monitor vacillated

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

swing (alternate dramatically between high and low values)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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