hesitate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hez'i-tāt"), [key]
— -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
  1. to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
  2. to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling: He hesitated to break the law.
  3. to pause: I hesitated before reciting the next line.
  4. to falter in speech; stammer: Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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