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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.


Synonymsvibrate


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


Broader (hypernym)sway, swing


Narrower (hyponym)hunt, librate









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