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Adjective: hesitating  'he-zu,tey-ting
  1. Lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly
    "The hesitating seconds seemed to last forever";
    - hesitant
Verb: hesitate  'he-zi,teyt
  1. Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures";
    - waver, waffle [N. Amer, informal], baulk [Brit], balk
  2. Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
    "The speaker hesitated";
    - pause

See also: dithery [informal], indecisive

Type of: delay

Encyclopedia: Hesitating