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English verb: hesitate

1. hesitate (stative) pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

SamplesAuthorities hesitate to quote exact figures.

Synonymswaffle, waver

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)boggle, dwell on, falter, hover, hover, linger, linger over, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate, waver


2. hesitate (stative) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

SamplesThe speaker paused.

ExamplesThey hesitate a long time


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)delay

Narrower (hyponym)hem and haw, scruple

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