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English verb: oscillate

1. oscillate (stative) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

SamplesHe oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement.

Synonymshover, vacillate, vibrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver

Narrower (hyponym)shillyshally

2. oscillate (motion) move or swing from side to side regularly

SamplesThe needle on the meter was oscillating.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)sway, swing

Narrower (hyponym)hunt, librate

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