hesitate
verb (-tated; -tating) Etymology: Latin haesitatus, past participle of haesitare to stick fast, hesitate, frequentative of haerēre to stick Date: 1598 intransitive verb 1. to hold back in doubt or indecision 2. to delay momentarily ; pause 3. stammer transitive verb to hold back from in doubt or uncertainty <
wouldn't hesitate to commit herself
>
hesitater nounhesitatingly adverb Synonyms: hesitate, waver, vacillate, falter mean to show irresolution or uncertainty. hesitate implies a pause before deciding or acting or choosing <
hesitated before answering the question
>
. waver implies hesitation after seeming to decide and so connotes weakness or a retreat <
wavered in his support of the rebels
>
. vacillate implies prolonged hesitation from inability to reach a firm decision <
vacillated until events were out of control
>
. falter implies a wavering or stumbling and often connotes nervousness, lack of courage, or outright fear <
never once faltered during her testimony
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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