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Definition of Hesitate


  1. To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
  2. To stammer; to falter in speaking.
  3. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.

Hesitate Quotations

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
Golda Meir

If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first.
Kurt Cobain

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.

You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.
Samuel Johnson
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Hesitate Translations

hesitate in Dutch is aarzelen, schoorvoeten, dubben
hesitate in Italian is esitare
hesitate in Latin is dubito
hesitate in Spanish is vacilar
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