hesitate

verb

  • 1

    Pause in indecision before saying or doing something.

Dialects

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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin haesitat- ‘stuck fast, left undecided’, from the verb haesitare, from haerere ‘stick, stay’.

Pronunciation

  • hesitate /ˈhɛzɪteɪt/