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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)

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.

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."