• IPA: /ˈhɛzɪteɪt/

hesitate (hesitates, present participle hesitating; past and past participle hesitated)

  1. (intransitive) To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
    He hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
  2. (intransitive) To stammer; to falter in speaking.
  3. (transitive, poetic, rare) To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
    • Alexander Pope
      Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
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