Hesitate Definition

hesitated, hesitates, hesitating
hesitated, hesitates, hesitating
To stop because of indecision; pause or delay in acting, choosing, or deciding because of feeling unsure; waver.
Webster's New World
To pause; stop momentarily.
Webster's New World
To be slow to act, speak, or decide.
American Heritage
To be reluctant; not be sure that one should.
Hesitating to ask.
Webster's New World
(intransitive) To stammer; to falter in speaking.

Origin of Hesitate

  • From Latin haesitatus, past participle of haesitare, intensive of haerere (“to hesitate, stick fast; to hang or hold fast”). Compare aghast, gaze, adhere.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin haesitāre haesitāt- to hesitate frequentative of haerēre to hold fast

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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