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English definition of “hesitate”

hesitate

verb [I] uk   /ˈhez.ɪ.teɪt/ us  
B2 to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it: She hesitated slightly before answering the inspector's question. "Do you love me?" she asked. He hesitated and then said, "I'm not sure". [+ to infinitive] If you need anything, don't hesitate to call me.
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