Variant of hesitate
- to stop because of indecision; pause or delay in acting, choosing, or deciding because of feeling unsure; waver
- to pause; stop momentarily
- to be reluctant; not be sure that one should: hesitating to ask
- to pause continually in speaking; stammer
Origin: from Classical Latin haesitatus, past participle of haesitare, to stick fast, hesitate, intensive of haerere, to stick, cleave from Indo-European base an unverified form ghais-, to be stuck, neglect from source probably Lithuanian gaištù, to neglect
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