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falter

verb [I] uk   /ˈfɒl.tər/ us    /ˈfɑːl.t̬ɚ/

falter verb [I] (STOP)

to lose strength or purpose and stop, or almost stop: The dinner party conversation faltered for a moment. Her friends never faltered in their belief in her. Nigel's voice faltered and he stopped speaking.

falter verb [I] (ALMOST FALL)

to move awkwardly as if you might fall: The nurse saw him falter and made him lean on her.
faltering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
She took a few faltering steps. This legislation is designed to stimulate the faltering economy.
falteringly
adverb uk   /-ɪŋ.li/ us  
(Definition of falter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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