Hesitate is defined as to pause before deciding, acting or speaking.(verb)
An example of to hesitate is to stop before walking into the street.
See hesitate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L haesitatus, pp. of haesitare, to stick fast, hesitate, intens. of haerere, to stick, cleave < IE base *ghais-, to be stuck, neglect > prob. Lith gaištù, to neglect
See hesitate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb hes·i·tat·ed, hes·i·tat·ing, hes·i·tates
Origin: Latin haesitāre, haesitāt-, to hesitate
Origin: , frequentative of haerēre, to hold fast.
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