Hes·i·tate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hesitated p. pr. & vb. n. Hesitating.]
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.
Syn: -- To doubt; waver; scruple; deliberate; demur; falter; stammer.
Hes·i·tate, v. t. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner. [Poetic & R.]
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike. --Pope.
v 1: pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness;
"Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures" [syn: waver,
2: interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The
speaker paused" [syn: pause]