Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Spanish translation of “hesitate”

See all translations

hesitate

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.
Translations of “hesitate”
in Korean 망설이다…
in Arabic يَتَرَدَّد…
in French hésiter, hésiter (à)…
in Italian esitare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猶豫,躊躇…
in Russian колебаться…
in Turkish tereddüt etmek, kararsız davranmak, duraksamak…
in Polish wahać się…
in Portuguese vacilar, titubear, hesitar…
in German zögern…
in Catalan dubtar, titubejar…
in Japanese ためらう, ちゅうちょする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 犹豫,踌躇…
(Definition of hesitate from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hesitate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More