vacillate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"vacillate" in British English

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vacillateverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈvæs.ɪ.leɪt/ disapproving
to be ​uncertain what to do, or to ​change often between two ​opinions: Her ​mood vacillated betweenhope and ​despair.
vacillation
noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˌvæs.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of vacillate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vacillate" in American English

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vacillateverb [I]

 us   /ˈvæs·əˌleɪt/
to be ​unable to ​decide something and esp. to ​continue to ​changeopinions: The ​presidentcontinues to vacillate over ​foreignpolicy.
(Definition of vacillate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vacillate" in Business English

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vacillateverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈvæsɪleɪt/
FINANCE if ​prices, ​rates, etc. vacillate, they ​keeprising and ​falling by ​smallamounts: After weeks of vacillating around $75 ​perbarrel, the ​price of ​crudeclosed at $85 ​barrel.
to be uncertain about what to do or to ​keepchanging your ​opinion about something: vacillate between sth (and sth) The ​electionresult was in the ​hands of ​voters vacillating between two ​parties.
(Definition of vacillate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “vacillate”
in Spanish vacilar, dudar…
in Vietnamese do dự…
in Malaysian berbolak-balik…
in Thai เปลี่ยนไปเปลี่ยนมา, รวนเร…
in Chinese (Simplified) 踌躇, 犹豫, 摇摆不定…
in Indonesian bimbang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 躊躇, 猶豫, 搖擺不定…
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