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hes·i·tate

 (hĕz′ĭ-tāt′)
intr.v. hes·i·tat·ed, hes·i·tat·ing, hes·i·tates
1. To pause or wait in uncertainty: She hesitated for a second before opening the door.
2. To be slow to act, speak, or decide: "I have for many months hesitated about the propriety of allowing this, or any part of my narrative, to come before the public eye, until after my death" (Thomas De Quincey).
3. To be reluctant: hesitated to pick up the pan, fearing it was hot.

[Latin haesitāre, haesitāt-, to hesitate, frequentative of haerēre, to hold fast.]

hes′i·tat′er n.
hes′i·tat′ing·ly adv.

hesitate

(ˈhɛzɪˌteɪt)
vb (intr)
1. to hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain
2. to be unwilling or reluctant (to do something)
3. to stammer or pause in speaking
[C17: from Latin haesitāre, from haerēre to cling to]
ˈhesiˌtater, ˈhesiˌtator n
ˈhesiˌtatingly adv
ˌhesiˈtation n
ˈhesiˌtative adj

hes•i•tate

(ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪt)

v. -tat•ed, -tat•ing. v.i.
1. to be reluctant to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination.
2. to have scruples or doubts about something.
3. to stop for a moment; pause.
4. to stammer.
v.t.
5. to have scruples or doubts about: He hesitated to break the law.
[1615–25; < Latin haesitātus, past participle of haesitāre to hesitate, falter]
hes′i•tat`er, n.
hes′i•tat`ing•ly, adv.

hesitate


Past participle: hesitated
Gerund: hesitating

Imperative
hesitate
hesitate
Present
I hesitate
you hesitate
he/she/it hesitates
we hesitate
you hesitate
they hesitate
Preterite
I hesitated
you hesitated
he/she/it hesitated
we hesitated
you hesitated
they hesitated
Present Continuous
I am hesitating
you are hesitating
he/she/it is hesitating
we are hesitating
you are hesitating
they are hesitating
Present Perfect
I have hesitated
you have hesitated
he/she/it has hesitated
we have hesitated
you have hesitated
they have hesitated
Past Continuous
I was hesitating
you were hesitating
he/she/it was hesitating
we were hesitating
you were hesitating
they were hesitating
Past Perfect
I had hesitated
you had hesitated
he/she/it had hesitated
we had hesitated
you had hesitated
they had hesitated
Future
I will hesitate
you will hesitate
he/she/it will hesitate
we will hesitate
you will hesitate
they will hesitate
Future Perfect
I will have hesitated
you will have hesitated
he/she/it will have hesitated
we will have hesitated
you will have hesitated
they will have hesitated
Future Continuous
I will be hesitating
you will be hesitating
he/she/it will be hesitating
we will be hesitating
you will be hesitating
they will be hesitating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hesitating
you have been hesitating
he/she/it has been hesitating
we have been hesitating
you have been hesitating
they have been hesitating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hesitating
you will have been hesitating
he/she/it will have been hesitating
we will have been hesitating
you will have been hesitating
they will have been hesitating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hesitating
you had been hesitating
he/she/it had been hesitating
we had been hesitating
you had been hesitating
they had been hesitating
Conditional
I would hesitate
you would hesitate
he/she/it would hesitate
we would hesitate
you would hesitate
they would hesitate
Past Conditional
I would have hesitated
you would have hesitated
he/she/it would have hesitated
we would have hesitated
you would have hesitated
they would have hesitated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hesitate - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
boggle - hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
hover, linger - move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"
hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
falter, waver - be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
2.hesitate - interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"
hem and haw - utter `hems' and `haws'; indicated hesitation; "He hemmed and hawed when asked to address the crowd"
scruple - hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

hesitate

verb
1. waver, delay, pause, haver (Brit.), wait, doubt, falter, be uncertain, dither (chiefly Brit.), vacillate, equivocate, temporize, hum and haw, shillyshally (informal), swither (Scot. dialect) She hesitated, debating whether to answer the phone.
waver decide, be confident, be firm, be decisive, continue
2. be reluctant, be unwilling, shrink from, think twice, boggle, scruple, demur, hang back, be disinclined, balk or baulk I will not hesitate to take unpopular decisions.
be reluctant resolve, be determined
Quotations
"You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made" [José Bergamín El cohete y la estrella]
Proverbs
"He who hesitates is lost"

hesitate

verb
To be irresolute in acting or doing:
Translations
يَتَرَدَّديَتَرَدَّدُ
váhatzaváhat
tøve
epäröidä
oklijevati
vonakodik
hika, vera á báîum áttumhika, vera ófús eîa tregur
ためらう
주저하다
dvejodamasdvejojantisdvejojimasdvejotinedrįstantis
svārstītiesvilcināties
obotavljati se
tveka
ลังเลใจ
duraksamaktereddüt etmekçekinmek
do dự

hesitate

[ˈhezɪteɪt] VI (gen) → vacilar; (in speech) → vacilar, titubear
to hesitate to do sthdudar en hacer algo, vacilar en hacer algo
I will not hesitate to take unpopular decisionsno dudaré or vacilaré en tomar decisiones poco populares
I hesitate to call this artno me atrevo a llamar arte a esto
don't hesitate to ask (me)no vaciles en pedírmelo, no dejes de pedírmelo
I hesitate to condemn him outrightno me decido a condenarlo del todo
to hesitate before doing sthdudar antes de hacer algo
to hesitate about or over doing sthvacilar en hacer algo
he hesitates at nothingno vacila ante nada

hesitate

[ˈhɛzɪteɪt] vihésiter
to hesitate to do sth → hésiter à faire qch
I would hesitate to say yes at this stage → J'hésiterais à accepter à ce stade.
to not hesitate to do sth → ne pas hésiter à faire qch
He did not hesitate to take action → Il n'hésitait pas à prendre des mesures.
Don't hesitate to contact me → N'hésitez pas à me contacter.

hesitate

vizögern, zaudern (geh); (in speech) → stocken; he who hesitates is lost (Prov) → dem Feigen kehrt das Glück den Rücken (Prov); I hesitate to ask him roundich bin mir nicht schlüssig, ob ich ihn einladen soll; I’d hesitate to take or at taking on such a taskich würde es mir gut überlegen, ob ich so eine Aufgabe übernehmen würde; I hesitated about having another babyich hatte Bedenken, noch ein Kind zu bekommen; he didn’t hesitate at the idea of leaving homeer zögerte keinen Augenblick, von zu Hause wegzugehen; even he would hesitate at murderselbst er hätte bei einem Mord Bedenken; he hesitates at nothinger macht vor nichts halt, er schreckt vor nichts zurück; the President is hesitating over whether to attend the conferenceder Präsident ist sich unschlüssig, ob er an der Konferenz teilnehmen soll; I am still hesitating about what I should doich bin mir immer noch nicht schlüssig, was ich tun soll; I hesitate to say it, but …es widerstrebt mir, das zu sagen, aber …; if I did think that, I wouldn’t hesitate to say sowenn ich wirklich der Meinung (gen)wäre, hätte ich keine Hemmungen, es zu sagen; don’t hesitate to ask/contact mefragen Sie mich ruhig/wenden Sie sich ruhig an mich; (more formally) → zögern Sie nicht, mich zu fragen/sich an mich zu wenden

hesitate

[ˈhɛzɪˌteɪt] viesitare
to hesitate to do sth → esitare a fare qc
to hesitate about or over sth → esitare in qc
don't hesitate to ask (me) → non aver timore or paura di chiedere

hesitate

(ˈheziteit) verb
1. to pause briefly eg because of uncertainty. He hesitated before answering; The diver hesitated for a minute on the diving-board.
2. to be unwilling (to do something) eg because one is not sure it is right. I hesitate to say he lied but he certainly misled me; Don't hesitate to tell me if you have any complaints.
ˈhesitancy noun
the tendency to hesitate.
ˈhesitant adjective
making or having frequent hesitations. a hesitant speaker; I'm hesitant to tell her she's wrong.
ˈhesitantly adverb
ˌhesiˈtation noun
1. an act of hesitating.
2. unwillingness or uncertainty.

hesitate

يَتَرَدَّدُ váhat tøve zögern διστάζω vacilar epäröidä hésiter oklijevati esitare ためらう 주저하다 aarzelen nøle zawahać się hesitar колебаться tveka ลังเลใจ duraksamak do dự 犹豫

hesitate

v. vacilar, mostrarse indeciso-a;
Don't ___ to call usNo deje, no dejes de llamarnos; no vacile, no vaciles en llamarnos.
References in classic literature ?
A demand so sudden and so serious made the young man hesitate a moment, for ridicule is often harder to bear than self-denial.
When he came to the creek that was shallow and splashed down over the stones, he dashed into the water and turned to look back, and when he saw his grandfather still running toward him with the long knife held tightly in his hand he did not hesitate, but reaching down, se- lected a stone and put it in the sling.
I do not believe Beecher or his party would stoop to anything dishonorable or underhand, though they would not hesitate, nor would we, to take advantage of every fair chance to win in the race.
He did not hesitate like a farmer boy, but looked one eagerly in the eye when he spoke.
In a moment of such painful doubt, Duncan did not hesitate to look around him, without consulting that protection from the rocks which just before had been so necessary to his safety.
You are a nice girl,--I see it plainly," continued Hepzibah; "and it is not any question as to that point which makes me hesitate.
Dimmesdale considered it so very fortunate we hesitate to reveal.
It was to me in particular that he appeared to propound this-- appeared almost to appeal for aid not to hesitate.
In the height of the season, Legree did not hesitate to press all his hands through, Sundays and week-days alike.
They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect.
They thought he must surely strike an uncertain place some time; but no, he never had to hesitate, he always knew, and always with unerring precision.
This disposes of the last remnant of his reputation and wholly destroys his main usefulness as a moral agent, since it will make the sluggard hesitate to go to him any more.