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vacillate

verb

1 vacillate

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

synonyms: hover, oscillate, vibrate.

Roget 314: oscillate; vibrate, librate; alternate, undulate, wave; rock, swing; pulsate, beat; wag, waggle; nod, bob, ... show more

Dutch: wankelen, weifelen



2 vacillate

Move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern:
— The line on the monitor vacillated.

synonyms: fluctuate, waver.

Roget 149: fluctuate, vary, waver, flounder, flicker, flitter, flit, flutter, shift, shuffle, shake, totter, tremble, vacillate, ... show more

Roget 607: change one's mind, change one's intention, change one's purpose, change one's note; abjure, renounce; withdraw from etc. (relinquish) 624; waver, vacillate; wheel round, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: alternate, back and fill, bob, bobble, careen, change, changeable, chop and change, coggle, dally, dallying, dangle, demurring, dickey, dillydallying, dither, double-minded, doubtful, doubting, ebb and flow ... show more.

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