Etymology
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hesitate (v.)

1620s, from Latin haesitatus, past participle of haesitare "to stick fast; to hesitate; to stammer" (see hesitation). Related: Hesitated; hesitating; hesitatingly.

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Definitions of hesitate

hesitate (v.)
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness;
Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures
Synonyms: waver / waffle
hesitate (v.)
interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing;
Synonyms: pause
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