An example of to hesitate is to stop before walking into the street.
She hesitated for a second before opening the door.
Hesitated to pick up the pan, fearing it was hot.
He hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
Hesitating to ask.
Origin of hesitate
- Latin haesitāre haesitāt- to hesitate frequentative of haerēre to hold fast
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition