hesitater

hesitate

[hez-i-teyt]
verb (used without object), hesitated, hesitating.
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.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin haesitātus, past participle of haesitāre. See hesitant, -ate1

hesitater, hesitator, noun
hesitatingly, adverb
prehesitate, verb (used without object), prehesitated, prehesitating.


1. waver, vacillate, falter. 3. demur, delay.


1. decide. 3. hasten.
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hesitate (ˈhɛzɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
'hesitater
 
n
 
'hesitator
 
n
 
'hesitatingly
 
adv
 
hesi'tation
 
n
 
'hesitative
 
adj

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hesitate
1620s, from L. haesitatum, pp. of haesitare (see hesitation).
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