Definition of hesitate
- She didn't hesitate when they offered her the job.
- He hesitated and waited for her to say something.
- Don't hesitate to call if you need something.
She hesitated and waited for her friend to say something.
He hesitated about accepting the job.
I sometimes hesitate to say what I am really thinking.
I hesitated to come without being asked.
I wouldn't hesitate to ask for your help if I felt I needed it.
Don't hesitate to call if there is a problem.
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First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
: to stop briefly before you do something especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do
: to be unwilling to do something because of doubt or uncertainty
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