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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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