hesitate

Definitions

  • Hesitation. Neapolitan
    Hesitation. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hesitate pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
    • v hesitate interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing "The speaker paused"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hesitate To stammer; to falter in speaking.
    • Hesitate 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.
    • v. t Hesitate To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner. "Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hesitate To hold back in doubt or indecision; refrain or delay by reason of uncertainty or difficulty of decision or choice: as, he hesitated to believe the report; they hesitate about taking so dangerous a step.
    • hesitate To halt or falter in speech, through indecision or embarrassment; make irregular involuntary pauses; stammer.
    • hesitate Synonyms Waver, etc. (see scruple); delay, vacillate, deliberate, doubt, be undetermined, demur.
    • hesitate See stammner.
    • hesitate To utter or express with hesitation or reluctantly; insinuate dubiously.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hesitate hez′i-tāt to stop in making a decision: to be in doubt: to stammer
    • v.t Hesitate (rare) to express with hesitation
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Quotations

  • Al Neuharth
    Al Neuharth
    “Never hesitate to steal a good idea.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.”
  • James Thurber
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    “He who hesitates is sometimes saved.”
  • Dagobert D. Runes
    Dagobert D. Runes
    “Hesitancy in judgment is the only true mark of the thinker.”
  • Golda Meir
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    “A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.”

Idioms

He who hesitates is lost - If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. haesitatus, p. p. of haesitare, intens. fr. haerere, to hesitate, stick fast; to hang or hold fast. Cf. Aghast Gaze Adhere

Usage

In literature:

Then another employee appeared, hesitated, and picked up a bag, scowling and inimical.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Now, weary and weak, she hesitated; now a wave of strength fortified her spirit.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
The man hesitated and looked at the others.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
We shan't hesitate to use force on our side.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
She looked at him calmly and casually, and seemed to hesitate; and then behind her appeared Lady Linden, flushed, and evidently agitated.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
Fanny Gilkan and Howat proceeded more slowly now, but still they went directly, without hesitation, in the direction they chose.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
So one day in town he dropped into Caldwell's "Emporium" and glanced hesitantly at certain ready-made dresses.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
He did not hesitate then.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
While he hesitated whether to follow him, he heard the door open and the soft rustle of a woman's skirts.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Maccabee hesitated restlessly, forgot his mission to the synagogue and then, with no definite purpose, followed.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
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In poetry:

What images are these
That turn dull-eyed away,
Or Shift Time's filthy load,
Straighten aged knees,
Hesitate or stay?
What heads shake or nod?
"The Results Of Thought" by William Butler Yeats
The demon hesitated. "But," thought he,
"The jackdaw will inform me with a cry
If this good brother tries deceiving me;
I will not be outdone by him—not I!"
"A Servian Legend" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Refuse, withdraw, and hesitate awhile,
Your young reluctance does but fan the flame;
My partner, Love, waits, with a tender smile,
Who play against him play a losing game.
"The Temple Dancing Girl" by Laurence Hope
My fingers touching her side brought me the reason—
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,
alive, still, never to be born.
Beside that mountain road I hesitated.
"Traveling Through The Dark" by William Stafford
Some cling together while they wait,
And droop and gaze and hesitate,
But others leap along the sky,
Or circle round and calmly choose
The gust they know they ought to use;
"Thistledown" by Harold Monro
Only of her deserted, the sole thing left unwilling,
Behind her I hesitate, some desolate fate fulfilling;
In the yellowing fall I linger and wait for the winter's
chilling.
"The Black Swallow-Tail Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Macomb Aldermen Hesitate Before Approving Raises.
US 'will not hesitate to use force' against Iran.
Big Ten can't hesitate to get bigger if chance arises.
I Wouldn't Hesitate to Call on Rich to Sacrifice.
The official video for " Hesitate " taken from Stone Sour's latest album AUDIO SECRECY, available now.
The second release from "Audio Secrecy" is " Hesitate ".
Cleveland Indians shouldn't hesitate in their off-season of change: MLB Insider.
US envoys hesitate to report bad news.
Don't Hesitate to Retire that Conference Bag.
And some have hesitated .
Charitable experts in India say that individuals often hesitate in giving because they are not confident if a particular organization is legitimate and if their money will be put to good use.
So, why do women hesitate on the short haircut.
Mario Williams blames wrist for ' hesitation '.
Traditionally, the 4-point hesitation roll is a maneuver that is a struggle for many pilots.
Hayes and Company make Illini pay for hesitation .
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In science:

Only after considerable initial hesitation, I finally agreed.
Dynamo models of grand minima
The reason behind my initial hesitation is that at present we have no dynamo model of grand minima which is completely satisfactory or which is generally accepted in the community.
Dynamo models of grand minima
Users seem hesitant to bid on articles from categories in which they have not previously bid in.
eBay users form stable groups of common interest
Although he was himself hesitant to suggest his equation required that the electron have a partner, the situation was clarified by the experimental discovery by C.
Fundamental particles and their interactions
In Section 4 of , a variant of the bijection between set partitions and vacillating tableaux is discussed, namely a bijection between set partitions and hesitating tableaux.
Growth diagrams, and increasing and decreasing chains in fillings of Ferrers shapes
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