Hesitate

Definition of Hesitate

Hes´i`tate
v. i.1.
[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.
v. t.1.To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
- Pope.

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