hesitate: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hez'i-tāt"), [key]
— -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
- to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
- to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling: He hesitated to break the law.
- to pause: I hesitated before reciting the next line.
- to falter in speech; stammer: Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
- hesitate (Thesaurus)