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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)

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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)
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“hesitate” in American English

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