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hesitate

verb
 
 
/ˈhezɪteɪt/
B2 [I] to pause before doing something, especially because you are nervous or not certain: Richard hesitated before answering.HesitatingUncertaintyUncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
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.Ready and willingUnwilling and reluctant
Translations of “hesitate”
in Korean 망설이다…
in Arabic يَتَرَدَّد…
in French hésiter, hésiter (à)…
in Turkish tereddüt etmek, kararsız davranmak, duraksamak…
in Italian esitare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猶豫,躊躇…
in Russian колебаться…
in Polish wahać się…
in Spanish vacilar, titubear, dudar…
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 Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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