Meaning of “hesitate” in the English Dictionary

"hesitate" in British English

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hesitateverb [ I ]

uk /ˈhez.ɪ.teɪt/ us /ˈhez.ə.teɪt/

B2 to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it:

She hesitated slightly before answering the detective'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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(Definition of “hesitate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hesitate" in American English

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hesitateverb [ I ]

us /ˈhez·ɪˌteɪt/

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 us /ˈhez·ɪ·tənt/

[ + to infinitive ] The bank manager is hesitant to approve the loan.
hesitation
noun [ U ] us /ˌhez·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

There was some hesitation about inviting him.

(Definition of “hesitate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)