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Definition of "hesitate" []

  • To be slow to act, speak, or decide. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pause in uncertainty; waver. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be reluctant. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak haltingly; falter. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be unwilling or reluctant (to do something) (verb)
  • To stammer or pause in speaking (verb)

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Use "hesitate" in a sentence
  • "COMEY: The only reason I hesitate is it was never Director"
  • "COMEY: The only reason I hesitate is it was never Director Mueller's job or position to be drawing a legal conclusion about the program; that he was very supportive to me personally."
  • "COMEY: Well, the only reason I hesitate is that I'm no presidential scholar."