Meaning of “hesitate” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /ˈhezɪteɪt/

B2 [ I ] to pause before doing something, especially because you are nervous or not certain:

Richard hesitated before answering.
not hesitate to do sth

B2 to be very willing to do something because you are certain it is right:

They would not hesitate to call the police at the first sign of trouble.

(Definition of “hesitate” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)