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English definition of “hesitate”

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
(Definition of hesitate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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