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English definition of “hesitate”

hesitate

verb [I]  /ˈhez·ɪˌteɪt/ us  
to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it: [+ to infinitive] If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call me.
hesitant
adjective  /ˈhez·ɪ·tənt/ us  
[+ to infinitive] The bank manager is hesitant to approve the loan.
hesitation
noun [U]  /ˌhez·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/ us  
There was some hesitation about inviting him.
(Definition of hesitate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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