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Verb: hesitate  'he-zi,teyt
  1. Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures";
    - waver, waffle, balk, baulk [Brit]
  2. Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
    "The speaker hesitated";
    - pause

Derived forms: hesitates, hesitating, hesitated

Type of: delay

Encyclopedia: Hesitate