hesitate


hesitate
[[t]he̱zɪteɪt[/t]]
hesitates, hesitating, hesitated
1) VERB If you hesitate, you do not speak or act for a short time, usually because you are uncertain, embarrassed, or worried about what you are going to say or do.

The telephone rang. Catherine hesitated, debating whether to answer it...

She hesitated a long time and then she said `Yes'.

Derived words:
hesitation [[t]he̱zɪte͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR

Asked if he would go back, Mr Searle said after some hesitation, `I'll have to think about that'...

Mirella approached him and, after a brief hesitation, shook his hand.

2) VERB If you hesitate to do something, you delay doing it or are unwilling to do it, usually because you are not certain it would be right. If you do not hesitate to do something, you do it immediately.

[V to-inf] Some parents hesitate to take these steps because they suspect that their child is exaggerating...

[V to-inf] I hesitated to apply the word `vulnerable' to him but it came into my mind...

[V to-inf] I will not hesitate to take unpopular decisions.

3) VERB: only imper, with neg You can use hesitate in expressions such as `don't hesitate to call me' or `don't hesitate to contact us' when you are telling someone that they should do something as soon as it needs to be done and should not worry about disturbing other people.

[V to-inf] In the event of difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department...

Please don't hesitate to tell either Mr Schrader or myself should you feel ill again...

[V to-inf] Do not hesitate to laugh at anything you find amusing.


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