hesitating


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hesitating - lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly
indecisive - characterized by lack of decision and firmness; "an indecisive manager brought the enterprise to a standstill"
References in classic literature ?
looking relieved but hesitating to accept the offer.
The kindly attitude of all about him expanded his quiet nature and he lost the half timid, hesitating manner he had always had with his people.
Damon, "which it doesn't usually do, being an aristocratic sort of train, not given even to hesitating at our humble little town.
He talked freely and intimately in a low, hesitating drawl that was not unpleasant to hear.
Hesitating to advance, he pointed out the place to the attention of his companion.
There was a certain cynical ring in her father's voice that was unlike his usual hesitating abstraction.
I walked round the church, hesitating, hovering; I reflected that I had already, with him, hurt myself beyond repair.
In the few seconds that he stood there hesitating he was covered white.
And promise me, dear father, that Tom shall have his freedom as soon as"--she stopped, and said, in a hesitating tone--"I am gone