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vac·il·late

 (văs′ə-lāt′)
intr.v. vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing, vac·il·lates
1. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver: She vacillated about whether to leave.
2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate: The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
3. Archaic To sway from one side to the other.

[Latin vacillāre, vacillāt-, to waver.]

vac′il·lat′ing·ly adv.
vac′il·la′tion n.
vac′il·la′tor n.

vacillate

(ˈvæsɪˌleɪt)
vb (intr)
1. to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
2. to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
[C16: from Latin vacillāre to sway, of obscure origin]
ˌvacilˈlation n
ˈvacilˌlator n

vac•il•late

(ˈvæs əˌleɪt)

v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute.
2. to sway unsteadily; totter.
3. to oscillate or fluctuate.
[1590–1600; < Latin vacillātus, past participle of vacillāre to be unsteady, waver]
vac`il•la′tion, n.
vac′il•la`tor, n.
vac′il•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

vacillate


Past participle: vacillated
Gerund: vacillating

Imperative
vacillate
vacillate
Present
I vacillate
you vacillate
he/she/it vacillates
we vacillate
you vacillate
they vacillate
Preterite
I vacillated
you vacillated
he/she/it vacillated
we vacillated
you vacillated
they vacillated
Present Continuous
I am vacillating
you are vacillating
he/she/it is vacillating
we are vacillating
you are vacillating
they are vacillating
Present Perfect
I have vacillated
you have vacillated
he/she/it has vacillated
we have vacillated
you have vacillated
they have vacillated
Past Continuous
I was vacillating
you were vacillating
he/she/it was vacillating
we were vacillating
you were vacillating
they were vacillating
Past Perfect
I had vacillated
you had vacillated
he/she/it had vacillated
we had vacillated
you had vacillated
they had vacillated
Future
I will vacillate
you will vacillate
he/she/it will vacillate
we will vacillate
you will vacillate
they will vacillate
Future Perfect
I will have vacillated
you will have vacillated
he/she/it will have vacillated
we will have vacillated
you will have vacillated
they will have vacillated
Future Continuous
I will be vacillating
you will be vacillating
he/she/it will be vacillating
we will be vacillating
you will be vacillating
they will be vacillating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vacillating
you have been vacillating
he/she/it has been vacillating
we have been vacillating
you have been vacillating
they have been vacillating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vacillating
you will have been vacillating
he/she/it will have been vacillating
we will have been vacillating
you will have been vacillating
they will have been vacillating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vacillating
you had been vacillating
he/she/it had been vacillating
we had been vacillating
you had been vacillating
they had been vacillating
Conditional
I would vacillate
you would vacillate
he/she/it would vacillate
we would vacillate
you would vacillate
they would vacillate
Past Conditional
I would have vacillated
you would have vacillated
he/she/it would have vacillated
we would have vacillated
you would have vacillated
they would have vacillated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.vacillate - be undecided about somethingvacillate - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
hesitate, waffle, waver - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
shillyshally - be uncertain and vague
2.vacillate - move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike patternvacillate - move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated"
swing - alternate dramatically between high and low values; "his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
fluctuate - cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern

vacillate

verb waver, hesitate, dither (chiefly Brit.), haver, sway, falter, be doubtful, fluctuate, be uncertain, be unsure, teeter, oscillate, be undecided, chop and change, seesaw, blow hot and cold (informal), temporize, hum and haw, be unable to decide, keep changing your mind, shillyshally (informal), be irresolute or indecisive, swither (Scot.), be unable to make up your mind (chiefly Brit.), dillydally She is vacillating over whether or not to marry him.

vacillate

verb
1. To move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall:
2. To be irresolute in acting or doing:
3. To change one's attitudes or policies, for example:
Translations
epäröidäheiluahorjuahuojuasoutaa ja huovata
bera kápuna á báðum öxlum
duabus sellis sedeo

vacillate

[ˈvæsɪleɪt] VI (= hesitate) → vacilar, dudar; (= waver) → oscilar (between entre)

vacillate

[ˈvæsɪleɪt] vihésiter
to vacillate between → hésiter entre

vacillate

vi (lit, fig)schwanken; she vacillated for a long time about acceptingsie schwankte lange, ob sie annehmen sollte oder nicht

vacillate

[ˈvæsɪˌleɪt] vi (frm) to vacillate (between)oscillare (tra)

vacillate

vt. vacilar; fluctuar.
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