verb (used without object), hesitated, hesitating.
to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear
, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling: He hesitated to break the law.
to pause: I hesitated before reciting the next line.
to falter in speech; stammer: Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
Origin: 1615–25; Related forms
< Latin haesitātus,
past participle of haesitāre.
hesitater, hesitator, noun
prehesitate, verb (used without object), prehesitated, prehesitating.
1. waver, vacillate, falter. 3. demur, delay.
1. decide. 3. hasten.