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hesitate

verb

1 hesitate

Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness:
— Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures.

synonyms: waffle, waver.

Roget 475: be uncertain etc. adj.; wonder whether.    lose the clue, lose the clew, scent; miss one's way.    not know what to make of etc. (unintelligibility) 519, not know which way to turn, not know whether one stands on one s head or one's not know whether one stands on one s head or one's heels; ... show more

Roget 583: stammer, stutter, hesitate, falter, hammer; balbutiate, balbucinate, haw, hum and haw, be unable to put two words together.    mumble, mutter; maud, mauder; ... show more

Roget 603: be unwilling etc. adj.; nill; dislike etc. 867; grudge, begrudge; not be able to find it in one's heart to, not have the stomach to.    demur, stick at, scruple, ... show more

Roget 860: fear, stand in awe of; be afraid etc. adj.; have qualms etc. n.; apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance; distrust etc. (disbelieve) ... show more

Dutch: aarzelen, dralen, schromen, talmen, treuzelen, twijfelen, weifelen



2 hesitate

Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing.

synonym: pause.

Roget 485: disbelieve, discredit; not believe etc. 484; misbelieve; refuse to admit etc. (dissent) 489; refuse to believe etc. (incredulity) ... show more

Roget 605: be irresolute etc. adj.; hang in suspense, keep in suspense; leave "ad referendum"; think twice about, pause; dawdle etc. (inactivity) 683; remain neuter; dillydally, ... show more

Roget 70: be discontinuous etc. adj.; alternate, intermit, sputter, stop and start, hesitate.    discontinue, pause, interrupt; intervene; break, ... show more

Dutch: pauzeren


Moby thesaurus: alternate, back down, balance, balk, be dilatory, blench, boggle, call a recess, debate, delay, deliberate, demur, dither, equivocate, falter, fear, fight shy of, filibuster, flinch, fluctuate ... show more.

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