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English verb: vacillate

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

SamplesHe oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement.

Synonymshover, oscillate, vibrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver

Narrower (hyponym)shillyshally

2. vacillate (motion) move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

SamplesThe line on the monitor vacillated.

Synonymsfluctuate, waver

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)swing

Verb groupfluctuate

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