Translation of "hesitate" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ˈhez·ɪ·teɪt/ us /ˈhez·ɪˌteɪt/ present participle hesitating, past tense and past participle hesitated

to stop before you do something, especially because you are nervous or not sure

vacilar, titubear
Richard hesitated before answering.
don’t hesitate to do something

used to encourage someone to do something

no dudes en hacer algo
If you need any help, don’t hesitate to call me.

(Translation of “hesitate” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /ˈheziteit/

to pause briefly eg because of uncertainty

vacilar, titubear
He hesitated before answering
The diver hesitated for a minute on the diving-board.

to be unwilling (to do something) eg because one is not sure it is right

vacilar, dudar
I hesitate to say he lied but he certainly misled me
Don’t hesitate to tell me if you have any complaints.
hesitancy noun

the tendency to hesitate

vacilación, indecisión; titubeo, duda
I detected a certain hesitancy in his voice.
hesitant adjective

making or having frequent hesitations

vacilante, dudoso, indeciso
a hesitant speaker
I’m hesitant to tell her she’s wrong.
hesitantly adverb

vacilantemente, dudosamente
hesitation noun

an act of hesitating

indecisión, vacilación
Hesitation can cost you dearly when you are a goalkeeper.

unwillingness or uncertainty

vacilación, duda
After some initial hesitation, he agreed to the proposal.

(Translation of “hesitate” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)